Why the pristine blue waters of a northern B.C. river are running neon orange

Photo: Rob Dammers (CC BY 2.0)

This week, a northern B.C. First Nation will turn the bright blue waters of the Skeena River a neon orange-yellow.

The idea is to simulate a potential toxic spill into the pristine river from derailed railway cars.

The Kitsumkalum First Nation is pouring a dramatically colored dye into the waters of a river many consider the backbone of the north coast ecosystem.

“The entire CN Rail corridor is right along the Skeena,” explained Mark Biagi, fish and wildlife operations manager for the Kitsumkalum Indian Band, which is also located along the tracks, about five kilometers from Terrace. “Any derailment that happens is very likely to impact the river.”

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