• Prepare proactive strategies for larger commodity groups that don’t have emergency plans, such as blueberries and greenhouses.

At the farm level, it suggests:

• Developing a pamphlet for the valley’s producers on flood hazard preparation, evacuation and recovery • Undertaking information sessions and develop a specific fact sheet for reduction of agricultural pollution in the event of flood.

There are also

recommendations for post- flood recovery actions. The Fraser Valley is home to 2.4 per cent of the total land farmed in B.C. and 14 per cent of the province’s

Mitigation isn’t cheap. The province last year contributed $7.65 million toward upgrading the 65-year-old Coquitlam dike (shown here before the work began), located on the west side of the Pitt River and north of the DeBoville Slough, to current standards, reducing flood risk to about 330 hectares of land, of which 95 per cent is in the Agriculture Land Reserve.

farms, but it generates 38 per cent of the provincial gross annual farm receipts.

“It is the most intensively-farmed area in Canada,” the report states. In all, 71,675 hectares of land is in

the Agricultural Land Reserve, or five per cent of the valley’s land base. Most are in the southern portion of the regional district, where 30,000 ha are vulnerable to freshet flooding. This report is one of the actions

identified in the Fraser Valley

Adaptation Strategies to provide a better understanding of how climate change could affect freshet flood risk in the Fraser Valley.

Funding for the study is part of a $300,000 investment in the implementation of the Fraser Valley Regional Adaptation Strategy by the federal and provincial

governments through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial- territorial initiative. The B.C Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative was

established by the B.C. Agriculture Council in 2008, and is led by an advisory committee of agricultural producers, food processors and representatives from various government agencies.

British Columbia Berry Grower • Summer 2017


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