Kitimat Delays Riverbank Camping Ban Until April 2019

Riverbank camping WILL be allowed in Kitimat this year after all -- but not next year. 

Kitimat Council held a special meeting last night to vote on a bylaw that would have restricted camping outside of designated areas -- following recommendations made by a special committee formed after last year's flash flooding which resulted in a number of campers requiring rescue.

Mayor Phil Germuth said council approved the bylaw -- but won't implement it until next April.

"Originally we were thinking of trying to get everything through this year, but we figured out of consideration for those who have already planned vacations and stuff that it's probably best to do it next year, and this year gives us more time to get everything prepared for next year, let all of those know coming here that this is the last of it, next year there will hopefully be some more campsites opened up and some other things to accomodate them next year," he explained.

Germuth says the district will also continue working with the Haisla to ensure their traditional rights to sustanance fishing are not impacted.

On a separate matter, the District has announced the Radley Park Boat Launch is closed to all boat and vehicle traffic until further notice, due to last fall's flood damage. 

Germuth said a large amount of silt and sand was deposited and the district will need to get heavy machinery in to dredge it.