Burrard Inlet Restoration Program Featured in the Vancouver Sun

Burrard Inlet Restoration Program Featured in the Vancouver Sun
The Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program was recently featured in the Vancouver Sun. You can find links to both the video and print versions of this story and other articles about the Foundation on our HCTF in the News page.
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The Burrard Inlet Restoration Program

The Burrard Inlet Restoration Program
The following stroy was published in the 2013 July/August issue of Outdoor Edge magazine.  On July 24, 2007, construction workers punctured a pipeline in Burnaby, sending crude oil spraying 12 metres into the air. The black geyser flooded surrounding homes and oil poured into the storm sewers, eventually making its way to the waters of Burrard Inlet. The spill impacted over 1200 m of shoreline, contaminating birds and sea life. In addition to the estimated $15 million that was spent on cleanup and rehabilitation, the convicted parties agreed to pay a total of $447,000 to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) as part of the Crown Counsel's recommendation to use creative sentencing provisions in the Environmental Management Act. Creative sentencing provides an alternative to traditional sentencing options (such as fines or imprisonment) by allowing judges to specify payments be made to HCTF. In this case, the creative sentencing award allowed HCTF to form the Burrard Inlet Restoration Project, an innovative granting program providing funding for restoration projects on the Inlet. The first application intake provided funding for 6 projects, all of which involve students of BCIT's Ecological Restoration program. I had the opportunity to speak with three of those students:...
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MacKay Creek Estuary Restoration Underway

MacKay Creek Estuary Restoration Underway
  North Vancouver, BC – The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is partnering with Seaspan Shipyards, Canada's non-combat shipbuilder, to breathe new life into the estuary at the mouth of MacKay Creek. The MacKay Creek estuary is the first of seven degraded pocket estuaries in Burrard Inlet to be restored. It is important to understand that estuaries are one of our most valuable natural resources, more productive per acre than the richest farmland. "The HCTF's contribution to the MacKay Creek project in support of restoration is consistent with its policy to use monies from creative sentencing awards to address conservation issues at or near the site of impact", said Brian Springinotic, CEO of the HCTF. Creative sentencing enables judges to use sentencing alternatives beyond the traditional options of fines, penalties and imprisonment. Under this approach, courts can order offenders to make payments to HCTF, who will then invest those funds into science based, peer reviewed conservation projects. To date, the Foundation has invested over $1.3 million, from creative sentencing awards, in conservation projects throughout the province. The investment by the HCTF in the MacKay Creek estuary is complementary to the restoration work undertaken by Seaspan as part of its Vancouver...
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