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

PHOTO GALLERY: Malicous Monster Truck Tour

The Malicious Monster Truck Tour sold out to crowds of 2,500 people… Continue reading

North Coast fishing grounds key to orca recovery: DFO

Plan marks waters from Langara to Rose Spit as critical habitat for northern resident killer whales

Chris Green, mother of scouts, passes away

Green, who was born near Kitimat, spent more than 60 years volunteering with Scouts Canada

Intertidal Music Festival back for round two

More than 20 performances throughout the day at the North Pacific Cannery on July 21

Alberta man missing on Kitimat River found dead

Body found on July 11 after going missing on July 7

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

Evacuation alert issued due to Dog Creek Trail Wildfire

An evacuation alert has been issued by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako… Continue reading

Parks Canada looks to shine light on cloudy future for historic sites

A plan is in place to produce 10-year plans designed to turn around sagging attendance figures

B.C. poet shines a bright light on struggle with homelessness

Book launch for John La Greca’s Homeless Memorial is at Vernon’s Gallery Vertigo July 21.

Ontario police say attack on Muslim man was motivated by hate

Two men, aged 27 and 19, have been charged with assault in the incident

Canadian Tire delivers toys to ease kids’ street play pain in B.C. neighbourhood

It’s like Christmas for 11 kids who are supposed to be confined to their yards by strata bylaw

City orders largest Kinder Morgan protest camp to leave

Residents of Camp Cloud near the Trans Mountain work site have 72 hours to leave

Cougar shot near B.C. marina

Police were called to complaints of a cougar climbing through boats and sheds at the Nanaimo Yacht Club

14-year-old pilot attempts to break Guinness World Record at B.C. airport

Mohd Shaikhsorab wants to become youngest pilot with fewest hours logged to fly solo

Most Read