Miami River Streamkeepers Society (MRSS) members, with the help of the DFO community advisor, released 5000 Chum salmon fry into the Miami River on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. The three week old Chum from the Chehalis River Hatchery spend a few days imprinting on the Miami before embarking on a journey to the Pacific via the Harrison and Fraser rivers, returning in three and half years. The release is part of DFO’s Salmonid Enhancement Program to conserve Pacific Salmon stocks. Since 2006, MRSS have partnered with the Village of Harrison Hot Springs on riparian restoration projects along the greenway, planting thousands of native plants to improve the damaged habitat. Healthy riparian areas help maintain good water quality by reducing erosion, providing shade and shelter and providing food for aquatic life. Streamkeepers work routinely to keep the riparian healthy by removing invasive plants, garden waste and other dumped trash.
The vision of the Miami River Streamkeepers Society is to restore the Miami River through an ongoing revitalization program.