The Kettle River and the headwaters of the Skeena, Nass, and Stikine rivers are the most endangered rivers in the province, according to the Outdoor Recreation Council of British Columbia.
Today (March 24), the coalition of outdoor groups released its 18th annual B.C. endangered rivers list.
“The Kettle River is confronted by an array of threats, the most note-worthy centering around excessive water withdrawal,” ORC rivers chair Mark Angelo stated in a backgrounder.
According to the backgrounder, the “most ominous project” threatening the Sacred Headwaters of the Skeena, Nass, and Stikine is a Shell Canada proposal to extract coal-bed methane gas.
The Fraser, Coquitlam, and Salmon are the only rivers running through Metro Vancouver that made the 2010 list.
Here’s the list of endangered rivers and the threats they face:
1. Kettle River (water extraction, development)
1. “Sacred Headwaters” of Skeena, Nass and Stikine (coalbed methane)
3. Coldwater River (water extraction, development)
4. Fraser River (urbanization, industrial development, pollution)
5. Peace River (hydro-electric dam proposal)
6. Similkameen River (cross border dam proposal)
7. Glacier/Howser Creeks (IPP proposal)
8. Elk River (development, increasing selenium levels, wildlife migration issues)
9. Coquitlam River (excessive sedimentation, urbanization)
10. Salmon River-Langley (excessive groundwater extraction, development)
11. Bute Inlet Rivers (IPP proposal)
Last year, the Flathead River led the list.
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