Fraser Valley group battles development to protect salmon stock

A photo of a woman standing outside smiling wearing a blue top with an orange scarf around her neck.
Lynn Perrin is a member of the West Creek Awareness group that is protesting a local development near a salmon habitat. Photo courtesy of Lynn Perrin.
Surjit Atwal - CIVL - AbbotsfordBC | 19-11-2022
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A local environmental group says salmon stock in the Fraser Valley is being threatened by a proposed new development near the Abbotsford-Langley border.

The West Creek Awareness group (WCA) is protesting the development of industrial buildings by the Beedie Development Group, at the 5500 block of 268 Street-276 Street, where the headwaters are located in hopes of protecting the headwaters and stopping the development. The group has been protesting and preparing for possible legal action if the development doesn't stop.

"Our group, West Creek Awareness, had a grant from West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL), and we got a legal opinion on various options that we have to try and protect the headwaters and the salmon habitats there to Coho,” says WCA member Lynn Perrin.

WCEL works with groups like WCA to address similar environmental concerns across Canada, and according to its website, is “a non-profit group of environmental lawyers and strategists dedicated to safeguarding the environment through law." The firm has been working with communities since 1974 "to develop proactive legal solutions to protect and sustain the environment.”

WCA has hired an engineer to engage both the developer and the Township of Langley.

Perrin has contacted the Ministry of Fisheries to share the group's concerns about the development.

CIVL has contacted the Township of Langley and Beedie Development Group for comment and will be following this story.

Listen to the full interview with Lynn Perrin below: