The Rockies: Water Under Fire Series, Episode 1
Catalogue Number: GG0001
Producer: George Gallant
Producing Agencies: Gallant Productions Inc.
Subject: Canadian Geography, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Environmental Studies, Geography, Physical Geography, Science, Travel
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2004
Running Time: 28:11
The mighty Fraser River has suffered much change - clear cuts, pulp and paper mills and massive urban impacts. The mountain pine beetle infects large areas of native and replanted forest. The Fraser is the most southerly major salmon stream left in North America. Salmon spawn throughout the river beginning near the ocean and swimming thousands of kilometers to reach headwater streams such as the Goat River east of Prince George. The main river has never been dammed but tributaries have hydroelectric development. In the lower Fraser Valley, an expanding urban population, and the supporting agriculture production system stresses the river. Steps have been taken to reduce the stress, but will they help before the Fraser suffers ecological collapse?
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