The Katzie Slough in Pitt Meadows is named after the Katzie Nation in whose traditional territory the slough is located. It was once an important waterway that connected the summer and winter villages of the Katzie from the banks of the Fraser River to the southern shore of Pitt Lake.
The Katzie Slough used to be prime salmon-rearing habitat, part of the lower Fraser River’s intricate side-channel nursery habitat. As diking, modern agriculture, and urbanization spread through Pitt Meadows, water-flow patterns were disrupted, invasive species were introduced, and the quality of the water in the slough was degraded.
Although struggling, the Slough is not dead. It still manages to support a riparian habitat for native fish and plants (including an occasional chinook fingerling). With help, the Slough can once again become a healthy, vibrant habitat.
The Katzie Slough Restoration Project was founded by Scott Magri, who used to catch coho salmon in the Katzie Slough as a kid. The Katzie Slough Restoration Project is working with volunteers and partners, including Watershed Watch Salmon Society and the Golden Ears Transition Initiative, to restore the slough.