The Bessette Creek is located in Lumby, BC and supports at-risk kisúʔ (Coho) ntityix (Chinook) populations. Bank erosion is a common problem in the watershed and contributes large amounts of sediment into the watercourse, which degrades downstream fish habitat. Furthermore, areas of erosion lack overhanging riparian shade cover which contributes to higher stream temperatures during the summer.
Bank restoration was conducted in November 2021 at two sites where large, exposed banks exist. Large woody debris and boulder structures
were installed into the banks to provide protection as well as cover habitat for fish. Tops of banks were re-sloped to a more natural grade to
allow greater dissipation of flow energy and promotion of vegetation growth.
Bessette Creek Bank Restoration