Northern Branch Telkwa Coho Ponds Update

 The Northern Branch has been hard at work over the last 3 years rehabilitating critical fry rearing habitat on the Telkwa River. This spring was the first time in over a decade that fry were able to enter, and utilize the rearing ponds. The project will be ongoing as site improvements are slated for this coming spring and ongoing routine maintenance is required to ensure functionality.


Below are a series of photos from the last 3 years.


The outflow from the pond complex to the Telkwa River. Note how there is no water.

 

 

This is the outflow once a series of beaver dams and other obstructions were removed.

 

Volunteers repairing fencing used to keep beaver from building dams and blocking fry access to the upper pond complex.

 

 



One of the old debris traps.

 

New debris trap installation. Once installed the water from the ponds was able to flow freely through culverts under a FSR Road to the Telkwa River.

 

A series of information signs placed around the pond complex to educate visitors on the importance of this unique rearing habitat.

 

 

 

The Northern Branch would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers and donors for their support:

Oscars Source for Adventure

Silver Hilton Steelhead Lodge

Smithers Secondary School