The Nechako River was diverted in the 1950s for the construction of the Kenney Dam and Nechako Reservoir. This caused the extirpation of Nechako River sturgeon, Nechako and Endako Chinook, and many Sockeye populations.
The Nechako First Nations (Saik’uz, Stellat’en and Nadleh Whut’en) are advocating for a return to the natural flows into the Nechako River to enable the restoration of fish populations as well as Indigenous cultural practices. The future plans of the Nechako First Nations and the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako include restoring a natural flow regime to the river. Dewatering side-channels has destroyed fish habitat and spawning areas.
This project will help give the sturgeon a chance to survive, support the recovery of salmon populations and enable the restoration of Nechako First Nations cultural practice. We look forward to supporting and following the Nechako First Nations in their efforts!
Stay tuned for ways you can help support this important restoration project.