Resolving the fish vs. flood control controversy on the Vedder River
Journal or Book Title
Canadian Water Resources Journal
The author has been closely involved with the Vedder River system since the major flood on December 1975. This flood triggered off a series of emergency measures which culminated in the decision to seek a long term solution to control the river with the establishment of a Vedder River Management Plan.The objective of this paper is to relate the progress and problems encountered within both the theoretical and practical fields when implementing a river management plan through the construction phase with such diverse interests as flood control, fisheries, wildlife, recreation and agriculture.The compatibility of fisheries and flood control will be reviewed and the relationship between biologists and engineers while working together on this joint venture will be explored. Finally, the objectives and current status of the Vedder River Management Committee, a relatively new approach in B.C. to river management, will be outlined.