Lower Williams Creek Spawning Channel Feasibility

P9180005Lakelse sockeye stocks experienced a significant decline for several cycles from the late 90’s through 2010 and were identified as a high priority by DFO North Coast Area. The construction of a regulated-flow side-channel in Lower Williams Creek has been identified by the DFO North Coast Resource Restoration Unit as the greatest potential opportunity to further improve Lakelse sockeye stocks and safeguard current spawning and incubation.

Williams Lower Channel : Site 1.
The construction of a regulated-flow side-channel in Lower Williams Creek was identified by the DFO North Coast Resource Restoration Unit as the greatest potential opportunity to further improve Lakelse sockeye stocks and safeguard current spawning and incubation. Feasibility for this work was very successful with the early support of BC Parks for a channel within the Lakelse Lake Provincial Park, which is the only stable reach in Lower Williams. An excellent channel route was surveyed and initial design work was initiated. Further development of this channel was halted after BC Parks Management toured the proposed site with DFO, reviewed the report outlining the proposed work and decided not to support a project in the Park. The site tour sparked concern for several old growth and some culturally modified trees which were near the proposed channel route Although we could easily avoid them, we understood and respected their management decision.