WATSON SLOUGH: A TREASURE IN THE PEACE RIVER VALLEY

The Watson Slough is a large natural wetland habitat adjacent to Highway 29 at Bear Flat between Fort St John and Hudson’s Hope. This slough attracts people from around the world as it is a refuge for endangered birds such as the Yellow Rail, Horned Grebe and other hard to find species. Part of it is crown land, and part is deeded land owned by BC Hydro which some years ago they turned over to Ducks Unlimited to manage as a wetland with a 99 year lease. However, with the Site C dam project moving forward, the entire wetland is slated to be lost under approximately 20 to 30 feet of water when the valley is flooded. BC Hydro had planned to clear the entire Watson Slough area in the winter of

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