New fisheries minister visits B.C. slide website, says it’s her ‘prime precedence’


LILLOOET— Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan visited the positioning of an enormous landslide in British Columbia’s Fraser River on Friday in her first official journey since being appointed to the position late final yr.

She says the catastrophe at Large Bar, northwest of Kamloops, is her prime precedence and has been a key subject for the federal government because it was found in June as a result of it threatens essential salmon runs.

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Jordan says the slide is the dimensions of a constructing that’s 35 storeys tall and 18 storeys throughout and it was “spectacular” to see the continued work by provincial, federal and First Nations authorities.

She additionally introduced two knowledgeable working teams that may develop further choices for protected fish passage in case the peak of the slide or water velocity blocks sure salmon populations through the early a part of this yr’s migration season.

The Fisheries Division introduced this week contractor, Peter Kiewit Sons ULC, will instantly begin remediation efforts, together with breaking apart and eradicating rock particles, and can proceed the work by means of the tip of March.

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The division didn’t choose the contractor till Dec. 31 although it had beforehand stated the work wanted to be executed between December and March, however Jordan says the federal government was “fast” to award the contract.

“We acknowledge how necessary it’s to get this work executed,” she says in an interview Saturday, including she met with representatives from Peter Kiewit Sons throughout her website go to.

They’re engaged on the positioning already and so they’re assured they will make a distinction within the subsequent six to eight weeks, Jordan says.

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“They’ve an especially bold plan in place. It’s a really distant website, so getting there in itself is a problem. The climate is a problem,” she provides.

“However it is a precedence. We’ve to do the whole lot we presumably can.”


The positioning of an enormous rock slide is seen on the Fraser River close to Large Bar, west of Clinton, B.C., on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Ottawa is looking for assist to keep away from what it says could possibly be the extinction of some British Columbian salmon species due to an enormous landslide on the Fraser River that sparked a co-ordinated emergency response this yr.

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THE CANADIAN PRESS

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