Snow fence finally out

by Andru McCracken

A photo of the snow fencing laid at the bottom of Swift Creek. The fencing is held to the bottom with rocks and rebar and acts as a deterrent to prevent salmon from spawning there. /LAURA KEIL

The last of the fish spawning deterrent mats, consisting of laid-flat snowfencing, installed by Trans Mountain Pipeline were finally removed from area creeks as of Dec. 12, according to a Dec. 19 press release from the National Energy Board.

Trans Mountain was ordered to remove the mats as the activity was considered a construction activity by the NEB. Activists gave the company flak for the mats, with one going so far as removing a mat herself.

NEB Inspection Officers were onsite in November and December and their reports will be available online in time.