From dumping to fish returning. Things looking up for Burnaby creek

Chris Campbell

The last time Paul Cipywnyk contacted the NOW, it was for some very bad news.

Someone had been dumping garbage around Byrne Creek, a vulnerable waterway that is a spawning ground.

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That was back in May.

In October, things are decidedly better, said Cipywnyk.

“Byrne Creek Streamkeepers are happy to report that the first spawning coho of the year was seen on Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby,” he said. “A Great Blue Heron was also happy to see the coho.”

The photo attached to this story is from near the mouth of Byrne Creek in Fraser Foreshore Park.

Cipywnyk is a nature photographer and citizen who works to take care of Byrne Creek.

Back in May, Cipywnyk posted on Twitter a photo of a whole bunch of garbage just dumped next to this salmon habitat.

byrne creek burnaby dumping garbage
Burnaby resident Paul Cipywnyk posted on Twitter a photo of a whole bunch of garbage just dumped next to this salmon habitat.

“Jeez people why?” Cipywnyk tweeted out.

There’s furniture, construction waste, a mattress, toys for children and a baby car seat amongst the items dumped.

Dumping costs the City of Burnaby somewhere in the area of $150,000 each year to clean up. COVID-19 has meant fewer people out and about, which means fewer eyes to spot people dumping.

Dumpers are lazy and sleazy people who don’t give a damn about our parks and streams, just as long as they can unload their trash for free.

Just despicable behaviour. At least this latest news is much better to hear.

Follow Chris Campbell on Twitter @shinebox44.

 

 

 

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