The BCIT Rivers Institute, in combination with the Ecological Restoration Degree program, has embarked on a large-scale, multi-year ecological restoration program of the residual pocket estuaries in Burrard Inlet. This initiative was made possible via a Creative Sentencing court award to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.
Estuaries are among the most productive, yet most endangered aquatic habitats in British Columbia and beyond, hence the emphasis of the River Institute is well justified in terms of raising awareness and restoring critical fish and wildlife habitat.
BCIT students in the Ecological Restoration Degree Program, under the guidance of the Rivers Institute and ER Instructors, engaged the community and requested seed funding from HCTF to develop restoration plans for 5 estuaries and tidal stream reaches in Burrard Inlet:
Seymour River estuary, in partnership with Metro Vancouver (Lead Proponent), Living Rivers and the Seymour Salmonid Society;
Lynn Creek estuary, in partnership with the BC Conservation Foundation (Lead proponent) and Living Rivers;
Mosquito Creek estuary, in partnership with the Squamish Nation (Lead proponent), City of North Vancouver and Living Rivers;
Mackay Creek estuary, in partnership with Northwest Hydraulics (Lead Proponent), Seaspan (Primary HADD funding), Squamish Nation, Living Rivers and the City of North Vancouver;
New Brighton Park Creek, in partnership with BCIT (lead proponent) and the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Parks Board.