Will B.C. Hydro build Ruskin fish ladder?

Editor, The News: Re: $800 Million upgrade for Ruskin Dam (The News, Feb. 23).

In the late 1990s, B.C. Hydro made a commitment to Dave Walsh of North Fraser Development, located in Mission B.C., to build a fish ladder on the Ruskin Dam so sockeye salmon could return to Stave Lake. We were stream keepers, a course arranged for people interested in protecting the salmon stocks. They assured Mr. Walsh and myself it would be done “if you can prove there ever where sockeye salmon in the lake. Mr. Walsh did have the proof, with skeletal sockeye remains excavated from the lake when it was lowered for maintenance. North Fraser Development was closed down soon after. My question is, will B.C. Hydro honor its commitment to build the fish ladder?

Barry Radelet

Maple Ridge

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