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Living Rivers - Georgia Basin and Vancouver Island (LR-GB/VI)

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British Columbians are working together to protect and restore the Province’s magnificent rivers and keep ecosystems sustainable under the threat of climate change.

On BC’s south coast, declines in Chinook, coho and steelhead abundance have been mainly linked to sharply reduced ocean survival, combined with impaired freshwater habitat capability. The latter reflects more than 100 years of urban and industrial developments, as well as more frequent weather extremes, especially summer/early fall droughts.

Starting in 2006, Living Rivers-Georgia Basin/Vancouver Island (LR-GB/VI) has responded to these challenges. Acting as a catalyst to engage a wide range of partners throughout the region, the people who direct the LR-GB/VI are committed to the vision of BC’s Living Rivers Trust Fund…creating a legacy for BC’s citizens founded on “healthy watersheds, sustainable ecosystems and thriving communities.”

Since 2006 nearly $8 Million has been invested in the region on numerous initiatives to improve management of watersheds for the health of fish, aquatic environments and the people who appreciate and use those resources.
Every project is carefully chosen for its strategic value in building partnerships and sharing costs, as well as its technical merit and how it supports overall recovery of priority watersheds.

The success of Living Rivers is through the dedication of agencies, First Nations, businesses, stewardship organizations and individuals who collectively implement restoration work in rivers and lay the groundwork for protecting their resilience under climate change.

Our goal is to create a legacy program of enduring partnerships, scientific excellence and “on-the-ground” achievements that will evolve over time.

This is an invitation for others to join in the journey that has only just begun…