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Oct 27, 2016 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam River Aggregate Committee Successes Celebrated

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 27, 2016 – Much has changed in the health and management of the Coquitlam River in the past 16 years, thanks in part to the long-standing Coquitlam River Aggregate Advisory Committee.

The committee, which has fulfilled its mandate and won’t be renewed in 2017, was established as a task force in 2000 to recommend actions by all levels of government to reduce the impact of aggregate mining on the Coquitlam River and improve its health.  

As the group carried out its work over the years, the Coquitlam River lost its endangered status while gaining improved sediment controls and heightened community stewardship.

Made up of representatives from all levels of government and a variety of stakeholders, including representatives of the aggregate industry, the committee’s accomplishments have included:

  • Improved sediment management plans for each area aggregate mine, including a patented process for removing sediments from run-off,
  • Management of upstream surface run-off from the Partridge, Mantle and Fulawka Creek watersheds,
  • Addressing inappropriate four-wheel drive activity that was causing sediment runoff,
  • Changes to the Master Municipal Construction Documents specifications, and
  • Support and promotion of City-directed testing of river water quality.  

Monitoring of the river’s health will continue to take place both through the City’s Environmental Services Division and the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable, which was established in 2011 and which the City supports as a funding partner and core committee member. Find out more at www.coquitlamriverwatershed.ca.

When the Outdoor Recreation Council announced in 2013 that it had removed Coquitlam River from its annual Endangered Rivers List, it pointed to the establishment of the watershed roundtable as well as the implementation of a monitoring program that improved the control of silt run-off from nearby gravel mines.
 
The Coquitlam River Aggregate Advisory Committee typically met twice a year and included two Council representatives and appointees from: Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, City of Port Coquitlam, the aggregate industry, BC Hydro, Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable, Metro Vancouver and Kwikwetlem First Nation.

The retirement of the committee aligns with Coquitlam’s ongoing effort to improve efficiency, reduce duplication and maximize resources – in some cases by eliminating functions that are no longer required.

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Downloadable photos of the Coquitlam River and the Coquitlam River Aggregate Advisory Committee are available on the City’s Flickr page at https://flic.kr/s/aHskKbDhW1. ​

Media contact:
Dana Soong
Acting General Manager, Engineering and Public Works
City of Coquitlam
604-927-6207
dsoong@coquitlam.ca