You may come across people destroying habitat or violating fisheries and wildlife regulations. Sometimes you may find only the consequences. When people disobey the regulations and guidelines that protect our waterways, they do so out of either ignorance or defiance.
For salmon to continue to live in Stoney Creek, they need clean water. Please report immediately if you see toxic spills, dirty water or small dead or dying fish. Heavy siltation from run off in the fall and winter may cover and smother eggs.
Emergency Call 24 hours:
Provincial Emergency Program: 1.800.663.3456
Burnaby Environmental Services: 604.294.7200
Coquitlam Environmental Services: 604.927.3500
Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans: 1.866.845.6776
Let them know What you observed Where, and When. Use the numbers on the map to locate the incident.
What might you see in Stoney Creek?
In Fall and Winter:
- Large salmon swimming up stream from mid-October through January. They come to lay eggs in the gravel and then die.
- Carcasses of the dead fish or cut fish that volunteers have placed along the banks. Decaying carcasses release minerals and nutrients and promote invertebrate growth that will serve as a food source for the young fish.
- You probably won`t see the gravel nests, called `redds`, because they are camouflaged. Dogs and people going in the stream will crush the hidden eggs.
In Spring and Summer
- Small fish – there are 5 salmon species in Stoney Creek: Coho, Chum, Cutthroat trout, Pink and the occasional Chinook. There are also endangered Nooksack Dace close to the Brunette River.
- Other wildlife – crayfish, lampreys, and myriad insects.
How can you help?
Fish needs safe passage through the stream and in their spawning beds.
- Keep yourself and dogs from walking in the stream.
- Keep soaps, cleaners, oils, antifreeze, and paints out of your storm drains.
- Wash your car with phosphate-free, biodegradable soaps or use a commercial car wash.
- Attend an information walk or join the Stoney Creek Environment Committee – email info(at)scec.ca for information.
Life cycle of Coho
Spawn: mid-October to December
Hatch: January to March and live in the creek for a year
Smolts: (1 1/2 year-olds) leave the creek in May to live in the ocean
Return to spawn: 18 months later.
Guidelines for reporting dead wild birds to Government Agencies
What to report to Wildlife Agencies:
Groups of 3 or more dead birds (any species) found in the same geographic location.
The following individual dead birds:
Species at risk
Highly susceptible species (swans, ducks)
Raptors (eagles, hawks, owls)
Water-adapted bird species (waterfowl in general, shorebirds, water-associated birds).
These wild bird mortalities should be reported by calling 1-866-431-BIRD (2473). Reports will be recorded, assessed to determine if further investigation is warranted, and if so, guidance will be provided on a case by case basis. Here the information sheet.