Within its geographic boundaries, Burnaby has over 60 creeks, two lakes, and a river.
Active streamkeeper and watershed stewardship groups in Burnaby include:
- Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society
These volunteers monitor the health of Byrne Creek that drains a large urban watershed along the south slope of Burnaby, BC, runs through a beautiful ravine park and spawning habitat, and into the Fraser River. Streamkeepers help maintain the creek through community projects and public education, and monitor its rejuvenated populations of coho salmon, chum salmon and cutthroat trout.
- Eagle Creek Streamkeepers
Eagle Creek begins on Burnaby Mountain where it is fed by a large watershed, runs through Montecito and the nearby Squint Lake, through Burnaby Mountain Golf Course, culverted under Broadway and Lougheed Highway, runs through Charles Rummel Park, along Warner Loat Park to Burnaby Lake. Salmon are a native part of Eagle Creek’s ecosystem. The members of the Eagle Creek Streamkeeper Society protect, preserve and enhance the Eagle Creek watershed habitat, through environmental education and volunteer involvement.
Contact: Nick at email@example.com
- Sapperton Fish and Game Club (Brunette River)
Their major community/environmental project is The Brunette River Restoration Project which has been ongoing from 1969 until the present. Steps in its restoration include: physical cleanup of river, improving water quality, building fish ways, and releasing salmon fry into the river from the Club’s own hatchery which they built and operated since 1997. We continue to work closely with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Metro Vancouver directly on river projects and with the cities of Burnaby and New Westminster by sitting on advisory committees since 1970 to bring the polluted, “dead” Brunette River back to life. Their reward came in October 1984 as the first Coho Salmon swirled and jumped in the restored river system after a 30 year absence.
Contact: Elmer Rudolph, (604) 521-3346
- Silver Creek Streamkeepers
Silver Creek Streamkeepers is a small volunteer group of mostly family and friends that have been caring for Silver Creek since 2002. Silver Creek watershed is sandwiched between the Stoney Creek and Eagle Creek watersheds, with its headwaters on the south facing slope of Burnaby Mountain and its outlet at the Brunette River just above Cariboo Dam. The focus of the Silver Creek Streamkeepers is the open channel downstream of the Firehall near Costco, along the BNSF railway tracks, to its outlet at the Brunette River. That portion of the Silver Creek is home to coho and chum salmon, cutthroat trout, western painted turtles, north western salamanders, beaver, coyotes, herons, and the occasional eagle. Projects have included streamside planting of trees and shrubs, removal of invasive plants, salmon release with DFO, garbage removal, and helping Burnaby get a large natural setback and pond through a major development.
- Stoney Creek Environment Committee
The streamkeepers of the Stoney Creek Environment Committee conduct a variety of educational, monitoring, and enhancement activities on Stoney Creek, which has its headwaters on Burnaby Mountain and runs through neighbourhoods and parks on its way to the Brunette River. Public involvement and new volunteers welcome!
- UniverCity Neighbours for Environmental Sustainability (Burnaby Mountain)
Reporting a Spill
If a chemical is flammable, toxic, corrosive or has other hazardous properties, call the Burnaby Fire Department immediately at 911.
To report a spill, dumping or environmental emergency, contact the City of Burnaby’s Engineering Department at 604-294-7982 or visit the City’s Environmental Emergency Response page for more information.
Any person responsible for storm water drainage pollution may be held liable under municipal, provincial and federal legislation.
The City of Burnaby can be reached at Engineering General Enquiries during regular office hours.
Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM (Pacific Standard Time) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Thursdays.