Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Revamped Thorsen Creek

Thorsen Creek, the first large tributary stream to the east of the village of Bella Coola has had dikes on both sides for many years.  It's an ongoing problem after every major flood event.  The September 25/26 Great Flood of 2010 dealt a final blow when it brought down ten's of thousands of cubic metres of fresh gravel bedload.  Emergency officials have had no choice but to remove the gravel.  Thorsen Creek is a good chum salmon spawning area, but the extreme flood and movement of gravel destroyed most of what spawned.    The remedial work has been done as careful as possible to accommodate any surviving fish eggs and any new fish have been moved to the local Snootli Creek Hatchery.

It's a tough situation, but they are doing the best they can with the situation.  When they are finished we can look forward to seeing those big beautiful coloured chum salmon spawning again in early August in this creek next summer hopefully. Grizzly

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