Council wants a conversation about riverbank camping

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has been invited to talk to Kitimat Council, to discuss the waste left behind by riverbank campers.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has been invited to talk to Kitimat Council, to discuss the waste left behind by riverbank campers, as well as the increased usage of the riverbank during construction projects. The motion was put forward by Mary Murphy, who sits on the Leisure Services Committee, and said comments and questions on this issue were being brought to them.

“There were citizens that were raising concerns about it,” said Murphy.

She remembers seeing the riverbank completely packed with people in years past which isn’t the case so much anymore, she said, but she knows there are many people setting up campers and tents along the river today.

Ideas heard at the committee include gating off access to the riverbank, which Murphy knows could not happen due to the risk to the public.

“If anybody gets hurt on the riverbank and you’re preventing any type of rescue from the area you could be sued,” she said. “We can’t kick them off, it’s not our property, so the only way to go about it is for Fisheries to monitor it properly.”

Murphy said something to consider is the work done by a local woman, Vivian Douglas, who years ago received permission from Kitimat Council to collect garbage at the riverbanks, and charge campers $10 a day for that service.

“Nobody seemed to have a problem paying to have their garbage removed,” said Murphy.

Murphy’s motion did pass, so council is waiting to hear a response from Fisheries and Oceans.

“We just want to make sure the riverbank is kept clean and safe, and that they’re not putting anything into the river,” said Murphy.

Just Posted

Environment Canada says removing weather buoy won’t affect boaters

“We just don’t know that we’ll be into the bad stuff until we’re out there.” - Hittel

Refurbishing line is still cheaper

BC Hyrdo says the $15 million spent hasn’t gone to waste

Townhall will update Kitimat on LNG projects

“This is a chance for our voice to be heard,” said Johnston.

Airport registers modest passenger increase

Manager anticipates further growth in 2018 as expansion project nears completion

Nearly $500,000 available for internships with First Nations government

Funds announced through partnership with Northern Development and Government of Canada

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued B.C. snowboarders

Two snowboarders were rescued near Rossland, B.C. on Sunday after being lost overnight.

Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England to face winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia on Feb. 4

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Final phase of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to kick off in B.C.

Doctors hope to get psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy legalized in Canada and the U.S. by 2021

Uplifting news for Kitimat Museum Archives

The District of Kitimat will put the project out to tender

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Most Read