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Business Community Learns How Simple Actions Can Have Big Benefits in Protecting Our Salmon

Sharp volunteer speaks to business person

June 28, 2013

*Update: The Salmon Safe Certification Program has been renamed to the Salmon Marshal Certification Program

Surrey, BC – Business owners and residents learned how simple actions can have big benefits when it comes to protecting our local salmon populations as the City’s Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHaRP) kicked off its new Salmon Safe Certification Program on Thursday afternoon (June 27th).

“The SHARP program is a great way for students to gain work experience in environmental management while generating community awareness about habitat enhancement programs and advancing community projects to protect salmon throughout the City,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “The certification program is another great SHARP initiative that engages the business community in the environmental stewardship process.”

The new Salmon Safe Certification Program recognizes businesses who have committed to environmentally friendly business practices. The program is currently being piloted in the Campbell Heights industrial area; nearby the Little Campbell River has a resident population of Coho and Chum salmon and is also a popular spawning location. These habitats are very sensitive to the effects of pollution and contaminants. Over the years, the City of Surrey, along with volunteers and community groups, have worked hard to restore and enhance the river’s delicate ecosystem.

“Surrey’s streams and rivers have some of the most thriving salmon populations in the Lower Mainland,” said Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee. “We commend those businesses that make the commitment to environmentally friendly business practices.”

“Part of TWG Canada’s Vision is to improve the lives of the community. Many members of the local community have dedicated valuable time and resources to enhance the Little Campbell streams. By participating in the program, TWG Canada will be able to recognize the commitment of the local community,” said Anthony Hurley, Manufacturing Manager at TWG.

The Salmon Safe Certification Program is simple and requires no sign up fee. Businesses work with SHaRP Salmon Safe Certifications Coordinators to find avenues for change in their business processes that would benefit the Little Campbell River and its tributaries. Simple actions can qualify a business for certification could be proper disposal of harmful contaminants or development of a spill response plan.

For eighteen years the City of Surrey’s SHaRP program has adopted a broad range of integrated approaches to watershed restoration. The Salmon Safe Certification Program marks the next step forward in greening Surrey’s business community. For more information on the program visit www.surrey.ca/sharp 

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For program info contact:

Terry Lee, SHaRP Industrial Education
12343 82A Avenue, Surrey, BC
778-846-0544
604-591-4492
sharpindustrialed@gmail.com

Media contact:

Judy Mann, Executive Assistant
Office of the Mayor
778-846-0397