BCIT’s ‘Inspire’ Campaign to amp up conservation of Guichon Creek
Inspire, BCIT’s campaign to renew its campuses, will support the Rivers Institute’s sustainability efforts of Guichon Creek. It is a neigbouring stream to Still Creek in Burnaby, where it faces similar issues fo salmon run drought.
Ken Ashley told BCIT News that for every new building constructed at the Burnaby campus nearby, the school will daylight a section of Guichon Creek. Daylighting is a process that halts concrete or wood from covering the stream, leading to a more efficient water flow.
He said that BCIT will have to work with the City of Burnaby as well as other stakeholders in order to get salmon to return to Guichon Creek.
“I have faith that they’ll be well looked after, but the [salmon] have to get here in the first place. It really means the salmon are swimming through Burnaby Lake, then up the Brunette river, Burnaby Lake and Still Creek before they get to Guichon Creek. So, all the partners have to be on board and make sure the salmon get here.” – Ken Ashley
Ashley said the creek would possibly be upgraded in 10 to 15 years as the school plans on building more environmentally-sustainable infrastructure.