Improving fish passage in the Cheakamus River Watershed

Project Year: 2022-2023

Multi-year Project

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Project Lead

Squamish River Watershed Society


Coastal Region


Project Type

Habitat-Based Actions

FWCP Contribution


Action Plan Alignment

Rivers, Lakes & Reservoirs

Project ID


Phase 2: Squamish Estuary Lower Training Berm Modification

This multi-year project is focused on the restoration of declining Chinook salmon populations in the Salish Sea and reconciliation with the Squamish Nation on the loss of their historic village and lands within the estuary.

A berm constructed in the estuary in the 1970s, without the engagement of the Squamish Nation, is impeding fish passage. This phase of the project will modify the berm to significantly restore access to more than 144 hectares of estuarine habitat to out-migrating juvenile salmonids, with a focus on Chinook salmon.