Alouette River Management Society (ARMS)
24959 Alouette Road, Allco Park
Maple Ridge, BC
Phone: (604) 467-6401
ARMS is a broad-based and non-profit organization committed to the protection and enhancement of the Alouette River watershed and beyond through advocacy, education and coordination.
The Alouette River Management Society (ARMS) was formed as a society in 1993. The primary focus of ARMS, at that time, was to negotiate with BC Hydro an increase in the river's base flow from the Alouette Dam. This would require changes to the management of the Alouette Dam and Hydro's methods of flow releases. This goal was achieved in 1996, when the base river flow release was increased by fivefold.
Since 1996, ARMS has become involved in almost all aspects of watershed stewardship, including education, inventory and monitoring, habitat restoration and lobbying for the protection of aquatic habitat. We are extremely active in the community and often attend private properties in order to assist landowners with the implementation of sound stewardship practices on their land.
Alouette River Pesticide Community Awareness Project:
The increase in agricultural activities and pesticide discharge near or along the Alouette River has sparked public concern. The project will have two phases, sediment testing and community education/awareness. Phase one involves obtaining sediment samples along the South Alouette River and its largest tributary, the North Alouette River. This will give ARMS a baseline indication of the health of the river and determine what type of effect local agriculture practices are having within the Alouette watershed.
Reintroduction of Sockeye to Alouette Watershed:
It has long been a vision of the Alouette River Management Society, local municipal governments, professional biologists and Katzie First Nation to see the return of sockeye and other salmon to the upper Alouette River Watershed.
Community Ecosystem Restoration Initiative:
The Allouette River Management Society strives:
- To protect and preserve the environment and habitat of the Alouette River Watershed.
- To provide environmental education to the community.
- To develop and partner on various habitat restoration and maintenance projects within the Alouette Watershed.
- To assist and advise federal, provincial and municipal agencies in the care and development of the Alouette River Watershed.
The Alouette Communications Task Team:
In 1926, a storage dam was built on the South Alouette River to control flooding. Even with a dam in place, the South Alouette has been the scene of dramatic and catastrophic flooding. In the fall of 1995, after a costly and damaging flood on the Alouette River, the South Alouette Flood Communications Task Team was formed to:
- Present ways to avoid or reduce the impact of flooding wherever possible.
- Increase the public's awareness of flood potential.
- Reduce impacts to residents.
- Avoid past mistakes.
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