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Local groups fighting Nechako Erosion

A few parties are working together to save the banks of the Nechako.

UNBC students are using old photos and new GIS echnology to measure erosion over the past few decades.

Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen is ecstatic that these students have taken an interest.

“Our relationship in Vanderhoof with UNBC has strengthened year-after-year. When we see young people that take value in our environment, in our watershed, it just tells you that there’s a pretty bright future,” he says.

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Another group of people want to plant trees throughout the area for the District’s 90th birthday. Vanderhoof hopes to work with both groups, as well as engineers to stop the erosion entirely.

“It’s really going to help identify what’s happened in the past, how this has happened, and why has it happened so far. That will tell us a lot of the story of where we want to go in the future.”

Staff will have more planning and financial information at a meeting next week.

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