Members of Parliament Join Efforts to Restore Salmon Runs to the Jordan River

JORDAN RIVER, BC – Members of Parliament Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan-Malahat-Langford) and Randall Garrison (Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke) have wholeheartedly endorsed restoration and remediation efforts for the Jordan River.

Running through Pacheedaht First Nation traditional territory, the river that once supported annual runs of salmon, steelhead and sea-run cutthroat has been severely impacted due to industrial activity over the past 60 years.

“Restoration and remediation initiatives on the Jordan River will take significant coordination, especially to address contamination issues from the closed copper mine, and I urge the federal government to provide funding and leadership for these efforts,” said MP Alistair MacGregor. “I commend the Jordan River Stewardship Round Table for taking the lead and lend my support to their goal of restoring health to the river, its watershed and wildlife habitats.”

The Jordan River Stewardship Round Table was established earlier this year to help coordinate research, resources, and efforts between the diverse group of stakeholders to enhance fish habitat and restore salmon runs. The Round Table includes Pacheedaht First Nation, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Capital Regional District, BC Hydro, former mine operators, plus active and retired engineers and scientists.

“The restoration and remediation work that the Jordan River Stewardship Round Table is spearheading highlights the lack of legal protection for Jordan River, and all rivers, lakes, and streams on Vancouver Island. All of the hard work being done here could be reversed at any moment, due to the lack of effective federal environmental assessment,” said MP Randall Garrison. “I am calling on the Liberal Government to restore safeguards lost in the Harper-era changes to the Navigation Protection Act (formally the Navigable Waters Protection Act) and ensure that the Jordan River is protected under federal law.”

The mouth of the Jordan River represents the boundary between the constituencies of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford and Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. The Jordan River Stewardship Round Table has established the laudable goal of re-introducing fish runs to the Jordan River by 2020.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

MP Alistair MacGregor:
Seamus Wolfe: 250-732-1733 alistair.macgregor.c1a@parl.gc.ca