I received some bad news yesterday; due to funding shortfalls the nutrient enrichment program on the Chilliwack River system will no longer be administered by the BCCF. Other rivers affected by this poor, shortsighted decision are the Seymour, Coquihalla, Silverhope and Statlu. Although this program relied heavily on volunteers and financial donations from various groups, it was the BCCF that organized the program and pulled it together.
This program was science based and proved effective in increasing the size of resident salmonid fry and parr as shown by annual monitoring. Recent increases in char, wild steelhead, resident rainbow and possibly whitefish populations are due in part to this program.
It was also the only enhancement program for wild salmonids on this the most intensely fished steelhead river in BC. One wonders what happens to the money collected by the steelhead tag surcharge.
No doubt $$ could again be donated by various groups to extend this another year but what is needed is a long term funding plan. Hopefully another organization or corporate sponsor will champion this program in the future.