Interior river on B.C.’s 2016 Endangered Rivers List
The Thompson River has made its debut on B.C.’s Endangered Rivers List.
The list has been put together every year since 1993 by the 100,000 member Outdoor Recreation Council (ORC).
The ORC says the Thompson River is considered endangered because of the state of the river’s internationally-renowned steelhead run. The Thompson steelhead run now numbers just over 400 fish.
The ORC says it requires drastic action, including a comprehensive recovery program.
The ORC is also concerned about water licenses and water extraction rates on various tributaries, and the effects they may be having on available flows for fish.
Other concerns centre around industrial development proposals such as the Ajax Mine in Kamloops.
Other rivers making the list are the Fraser River and the Seymour River in the Lower Mainland and the Peace River in the north.