Ex-MLA leads enviro group

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The Alouette River Management Society has a new president. Former Liberal MLA and Maple Ridge councillor Ken Stewart replaces Geoff Clayton.

Stewart and other volunteers introduced themselves to Maple Ridge council recently. He reiterated later the group’s main priority is still construction of a fishway to allow sockeye to move over the B.C. Hydro dam from the South Alouette River into the Alouette reservoir.

That would re-establish the lake as the traditional spawning ground for sockeye allowing rebuilding of the Alouette run, which has been blocked since the dam was built in 1926. But first a business case has to be made to B.C. Hydro to justify funding the $4-million project.

“It could be a tourist attraction, there’s no doubt about it.”

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