City replaces aging Guichon Creek culvert to restore fish passage

Last updated: October 7, 2021

The City of Burnaby has recently completed a culvert replacement project along Guichon Creek as part of the City’s ongoing work to restore safe passage for fish, improve habitat and enhance our local waterways.

The project involved replacing an 80-metre culvert beneath Deer Lake Parkway. The aging pipe was worn, narrow and steep, preventing fish from reaching upstream spawning grounds.

The old pipe was replaced with a concrete box culvert and a gravel stream bed to allow fish to pass easily. The City is now planting native grasses, shrubs and trees on the stream banks, which will reduce erosion and filter runoff, keeping the water clean. 

Our commitment to healthy waterways

The City is deeply committed to the health of our waterways. Since 2015, the City has completed stream restoration and enhancement projects at 13 locations throughout Burnaby, improving fish habitat and delivering a variety of other environmental benefits. 

The City has also established setbacks for development near waterways to further protect and preserve riparian areas. This ensures that all new developments are located as far from the streamside as possible. During construction, builders are required to take special care to protect the area’s vegetation, fish and its habitat and reduce the risk of erosion.  

A significant section of the Guichon Creek runs through the BC Institute of Technology’s Burnaby campus. The City worked with BCIT on this project, and supported BCIT’s restoration work on other sections of the creek over the years.

Salmon returned to spawn again in 2012

Guichon Creek flows into Still Creek, Burnaby Lake and Brunette River before finally discharging into the Fraser River. In 2012, chum salmon returned to Guichon Creek for the first time in nearly 80 years, and have been seen almost every year since. 

Media Contact:
Chris Bryan, Manager, Corporate Communications
Corporate Communications & Marketing Departments
604-570-3616 | [email protected]

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