Fraser River

Highway 1 is pictured during a fly over of the flood damage in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, November 23, 2021. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Build back better group urges B.C. to adopt best practices for Lower Mainland flood planning

‘We can’t stop at repairs; we need to prepare for future events,’ says Lina Azeez, member of group

 

Candles with messages from Shaelene Bell’s two boys were lit during her celebration of life at Sandpiper Resort on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Her death has been classified as “undetermined” by BC Coroners Service. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Death of Chilliwack’s Shaelene Bell classified as ‘undetermined’: coroner

Port authority workers found 23-year-old woman’s body in Fraser River; cause of death was drowning

 

Some of the best fish habitat anywhere is in the Heart of the Fraser between Mission and Hope. (ORCBC)

The mighty Fraser tops most-endangered list of B.C. rivers for ‘grave threats’ to habitat

Outdoor Recreational Council of BC beseeches governments to act now to save ‘Heart of the Fraser’

 

Five dead sturgeons were found along the Fraser River in Haney on Sept. 10, 2022. (Sandy Atkin/Special to The News)

Large collection of sturgeon found dead along Fraser River

Local resident found 5 dead sturgeons while walking his dog on Saturday morning

Five dead sturgeons were found along the Fraser River in Haney on Sept. 10, 2022. (Sandy Atkin/Special to The News)
This 2020 file shot is of the Island 22 boat launch in Chilliwack during a bar fishing demonstration, Sept. 9, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Sockeye opening on Fraser River will see anglers flocking to Fraser Valley boat launches

‘Current status’ of the Fraser sockeye return allowed for recreational retention, DFO says

This 2020 file shot is of the Island 22 boat launch in Chilliwack during a bar fishing demonstration, Sept. 9, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)
RCMP cruiser. (Black Press file photo)

Body of missing Chehalis fisherman found on Fraser River in Chilliwack

Dustin Williams reported missing on Aug. 7, body recovered more than 3 weeks later

RCMP cruiser. (Black Press file photo)
Spawning sockeye salmon are seen making their way up the Adams River in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase, B.C. on Oct. 14, 2014. Optimism over an expected bumper season for wild British Columbia sockeye salmon has turned to distress, after a regulatory body’s estimate of returns to the Fraser River dropped by nearly half this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Concern for B.C. sockeye salmon as Fraser River return estimates drop by millions

Pre-season estimate of 9.8 million returning fish down to 5.5 million

Spawning sockeye salmon are seen making their way up the Adams River in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase, B.C. on Oct. 14, 2014. Optimism over an expected bumper season for wild British Columbia sockeye salmon has turned to distress, after a regulatory body’s estimate of returns to the Fraser River dropped by nearly half this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Peter Krahn describes the scope of his selective fishing systems at Island 22 boat launch in Chilliwack for DFO personnel, elected officials and fishing reps. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Fish trap demonstration in Chilliwack geared to better salmon spawning success

Elected officials, DFO reps, fishing reps gather at Island 22 to see selective fishing in action

Peter Krahn describes the scope of his selective fishing systems at Island 22 boat launch in Chilliwack for DFO personnel, elected officials and fishing reps. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Spuzzum First Nation annual First Fish ceremony features family fun, great food and an appreciation of the abundance of nature in a spirit of Indigenous reconciliation. (Submitted)

First Fish ceremony honours abundance of salmon for Spuzzum First Nation

Public invited to attend annual traditional event on Aug. 6 at Alexandra Bridge

The Spuzzum First Nation annual First Fish ceremony features family fun, great food and an appreciation of the abundance of nature in a spirit of Indigenous reconciliation. (Submitted)
Still from a video as a jet boat stopped after speeding on the Vedder River on July 24, 2022. Three men then got out and seriously assaulted an angler on shore. (Anonymous submitted)

First Nations, fishing groups and City of Chilliwack want jet boats banned from Fraser River tributaries

‘We think it’s time, for the sake of the fish, that we need to take some action’ - Sumas Chief Dalton Silver

Still from a video as a jet boat stopped after speeding on the Vedder River on July 24, 2022. Three men then got out and seriously assaulted an angler on shore. (Anonymous submitted)
Screenshot from video posted in early 2021 showing repeated crossings through side channels of the Fraser River at Gill Bar in Chilliwack. (Facebook)

DFO shuts down vehicle access to Gill Bar in Chilliwack

Enforcement and media attention haven’t helped stop habitat destruction by 4-by-4s

Screenshot from video posted in early 2021 showing repeated crossings through side channels of the Fraser River at Gill Bar in Chilliwack. (Facebook)
Morrow BioScience technician looks for mosquito larvae to treat in back channels of the Fraser River. (Morrow BioScience)

Late spring, high water on Fraser River ‘a perfect scenario’ for floodwater mosquito breeding

‘We understand the frustration with the current abundance of mosquitoes,’ says contractor

Morrow BioScience technician looks for mosquito larvae to treat in back channels of the Fraser River. (Morrow BioScience)
July 6 hydrometric data graph for the Fraser River at Mission. (Government of Canada)

Fraser River levels starting to recede but officials warn ‘waterways are still high and moving fast’

Evacuation alerts will stay in place until water levels recede further, say local governments

July 6 hydrometric data graph for the Fraser River at Mission. (Government of Canada)
As of June 30, the Fraser River water level, at the Mission gauge, was just under six metres. Current forecasts expect another peak at around six metres before levels drop again. (Kevin Mills/Black Press Media)

Flood threat recedes, but Fraser River still high near Langley

Evacuation alerts are still in place for Township, Katzie reserve residents

As of June 30, the Fraser River water level, at the Mission gauge, was just under six metres. Current forecasts expect another peak at around six metres before levels drop again. (Kevin Mills/Black Press Media)
Almost bank full conditions on Old Orchard Road in Chilliwack on June 30, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

6 properties on Old Orchard Road were issued evacuation alerts by City of Chilliwack

Fraser River levels to rise over the Canada Day long weekend, warns provincial River Forecast Centre

Almost bank full conditions on Old Orchard Road in Chilliwack on June 30, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Call for sandbagging help from neighbours went out from Shxwha:y Village and Skwah First Nation on June 27, 2022. (Eddie Gardner/Facebook)

First Nations near Chilliwack ask neighbours for help sandbagging as waters rise

Call for help to keep flood waters at bay came from Shxwha:y Village, Skwah First Nation

Call for sandbagging help from neighbours went out from Shxwha:y Village and Skwah First Nation on June 27, 2022. (Eddie Gardner/Facebook)
The riverside trail outside the dog park, and the outhouse were closed June 14, 2022 at Island 22 Regional Park in Chilliwack due to high water. This sign was posted the last time the dog park was closed on June 28, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)

High water closes riverside trail at Island 22 park in Chilliwack until further notice

Bike park, riverside trail, outhouse all closed by FVRD due to erosion, freshet

The riverside trail outside the dog park, and the outhouse were closed June 14, 2022 at Island 22 Regional Park in Chilliwack due to high water. This sign was posted the last time the dog park was closed on June 28, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)
The Fraser River is low right now, but will soon rise with the spring freshet. And with that rise comes the annual preparations for flooding. (Jessica Peters/Hope Standard)

Now is the time to prepare for potential Fraser River flooding, says FVRD

Spring freshet still hasn’t arrived and snow pack is higher than normal throughout headwaters

The Fraser River is low right now, but will soon rise with the spring freshet. And with that rise comes the annual preparations for flooding. (Jessica Peters/Hope Standard)
Ross Aikenhead stands at the Gill Road bar access on the Fraser River on May 11, 2022. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Time to shut down access to the Fraser River at Gill Road bar, say stewards

Governing bodies responsible for the area ‘don’t seem to want to enforce anything’

Ross Aikenhead stands at the Gill Road bar access on the Fraser River on May 11, 2022. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Extreme turbulence at the slide in the Fraser River near Big Bar was blocking fish passage in June 2019. (Incident Command Post)

Research team looking to prevent another Big Bar landslide that could wipe out B.C. salmon

‘Goal is to determine where the next landslide (to) threaten salmon is going to happen:’ researcher

Extreme turbulence at the slide in the Fraser River near Big Bar was blocking fish passage in June 2019. (Incident Command Post)