Brunette Restoration

Our major community/environmental project is The Brunette River Restoration Project which has been ongoing from 1969 until the present.

Steps in its restoration include:

  • Physical cleanup of river
  • Improving water quality and building fish ways
  • Releasing salmon fry into the river from the Clubs Hatchery

We have built and operated our own salmon hatchery since 1997.

We continue to work closely with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Greater Vancouver Regional district directly on river projects and with the cities of Burnaby and New Westminster by sitting on advisory committees.

In 1992 the club was instrumental in convincing the GVRD to reverse its decision to use chloramine to disinfect our drinking water, chloramine is deadly to all aquatic life if released into the environment.

In 2000 the club won the provincial environment award for non-profit community groups for our work.

The Brunette River – Stoney Creek System is undergoing an Exciting and Dramatic comeback of fish life right in the middle of our Metropolitan back yard.

The Sapperton Fish and Game Club has worked with the Federal, Provincial and local Civic Governments since 1970 to bring the polluted, “dead” Brunette River back to life.

Our reward came in October 1984 as the first Coho Salmon swirled and jumped in the restored river system after a 30 year absence.

But our job is far from over. Negligent pollution is still a constant, disastrous threat and we have continuing challenges to expand and preserve this precious but still fragile ecosystem.

The Brunette River has been the focus for public awareness and education

Many Schools incubate Salmon Eggs in their classrooms and the students release the newly hatched Fry into Neighbourhood Streams such as Stoney, Eagle, Robert Burnaby and Deer Creeks as well as the Brunette itself.

A Federal/Provincial Fisheries Program is providing schools with materials to mark neighbourhood storm drains with a painted fish – a reminder that what we dump down those drains ends up in fish-rearing waters.

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Continuing Salmon Enhancement and Habitat Restoration

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The club continues to work with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Greater Vancouver Regional District and the Pacific Salmon Foundation in constructing in-stream habitat such as tree stumps, logs and boulder complexes to provide secure places for Juvenile Salmon to grow and develop during the 12 months they spend in the river before they migrate to the ocean.

The Sapperton Fish and Game Club also assist in the posting of Public information signs along the Brunette River