The health of the Salish Sea does not start and end at the high tide line. We know that to protect the health of the Strait of Georgia, we also have to protect and advocate for the incredible network of waterways that flow into it.
The Fraser River is a powerful force in the Salish Sea bioregion. The Fraser stretches 1,375km and drains over 20 million hectares (one quarter of British Columbia)! It is the home of one of the largest salmon runs in North America and a vital stopover site for migratory birds from three continents. However, this river is threatened by compounding forces: extensive land clearing, development, non-selective fishing, landslides, dismal salmon runs, and climate change.
It will take all of us dreaming, acting, and collaborating to come up with the solutions to tackle the complex problems facing the Fraser River. So, to celebrate World Rivers Day 2020, we got our community together to illustrate our vision for the future of the Fraser.
This is what we came up with…