A central value held by the team at J.E. Anderson & Associates is a love for the outdoors, whether it’s hiking, kayaking or fishing.
One such project has been with the Reay Creek Pond contamination remediation project in Sidney, BC. The multi-phase project involves removing approximately 3,500 cubic meters of contaminated sediment and restoring the pond, which is contaminated with high levels of zinc, lead, chromium and cadmium. Retired JEA Partner and Land Surveyor Dan Carrier has been an active member of Peninsula Streams Society, studying pollution and contamination of Reay Creek, and attended meetings with all levels of government responsible over the issue. As a member of the Friends of Reay Creek Society, Carrier helped advocate for putting an effective plan in place to remediate this important waterway for fish and wildlife.
Another project J.E. Anderson has contributed to is the Charters River Salmon Interpretive Centre in Sooke, BC. J.E. Anderson provided civil engineering support for the required new sewerage system. As part of that project, company Partner and Engineer Phil Buchanan provided pro bono design for the sewerage system and guidance regarding the system installation, and Land Surveyor Peter Wittstock provided pro bono legal surveying support for the construction layout of the new buildings, including an interpretation centre and demonstration hatchery.
“Our team has worked on a lot of development projects in beautiful Sooke, and it’s nice to be able to give back to the community in a way that supports the local salmon fishery,” said Buchanan.
Fellow J.E. Anderson Partner and Engineer Ross Tuck and Project Manager & Civil Technologist Carl Wilkinson were part of a small team that founded the Consultants Invitational Fishing Derby in the Victoria region and ran the event for 13 years. The event raised over $150,000 for hatchery and fishery enhancement projects, including the Jack Brooks Hatchery and the Charters Creek facility, plus many others. Wilkinson has also sat on the San Juan and Jordan River Stewardship Roundtables, which work with several groups, including technical experts, fisheries, foresters, First Nations, BC Hydro and volunteer organizations to rehabilitate and protect bodies of water.
Further up-Island, retired J.E. Anderson Land Surveyor Mike Manson has been involved with the Cortes Streamkeepers on Cortes Island for several years. The streamkeepers help raise coho and chum salmon at the local First Nations hatchery, as well as doing in-stream incubation. The volunteers also work on improving the half dozen salmon supporting streams on Cortes, near Quadra Island. Great progress has been made through the efforts of a few different groups.