From a Union Bay Resident;
Just this fall, maybe a month ago, I was thrilled that there were a few scattered salmon forging their way up washer creek to start the life cycle all over again! I hadn’t ever seen such a welcome sight there! The River was coming back to life!
Found this article from;
Article from the February 2018 issue of Down By The Bay, the Union Bay Community Center Newsletter
There is a lot of work and effort by many people and volunteers, Project Watershed NAP shared their study.
Archived – Hart (Washer )Creek Rechannelling Project Union Bay BC https://www.acee-ceaa.gc.ca/052/details-eng.cfm?pid=12579
Reasons for a Federal Assessment
On June 30, 2005, it was determined that an environmental assessment was required in relation to the project because Fisheries and Oceans Canada considered taking action in relation to subsection 35(2) of the Fisheries Act.
Project Description (as posted in the Notice of Commencement)
The section of Hart Creek between Highway 19A and Baynes Sound flows along the western edge of a waste coal pile. From approximately 1888 to 1960 this site was used to process and ship coal from the mines in Cumberland. This acitivity resulted in the large accumulations of waste coal located on this site today. The section of Hart Creek subject to this proposal flows along the western edge of this waste coal pile. The objectives of this proposal is to; – Reduce erosion of the waste coal pile and resultant sediment load to the creek and foreshore. – Stabilize streambanks and slopes, and – Maintain the current streamflow conditions and aquatic habitat suitable for salmonid migration, rearing and spawning , and the present macroinvertebrate assemblage. A section of the stream was confined and redirected inot a wood flume which, today, is in disrepair. There is considerable sloughing along much of the 150 m long reach. The proposl is to create a new channel, away from the coal pile, complete with LWD, root wads, boulder and gravel placement plus a 15m riaprian area on each side of the stream. That portion of Hart Creek (also known as Washer Creek) located between highway 19A and Baynes Sound, Union Bay BC.
A decision was taken on August 2, 2005 and was that the authority may exercise any power or perform any duty or function with respect to the project because, after taking into consideration the screening report and taking into account the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, the authority is of the opinion that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.
Now about that treated effluent;
The Ministry has received a final application package from Kensington Union Bay Properties GP Limited for registration under the Municipal Wastewater Regulation for a seasonal discharge of up to 1,875 meter cubes per day of treated municipal sewage to Hart Creek during the months of October through May with storage and reclaimed water use during the rest of the year.