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Planting delayed by weather, high water

It may look like a giant sandbox now but the new Pitt River Intertidal habitat area north of Lougheed Highway in Port Coquitlam should be green with plants soon. The final stage for the $9.

It may look like a giant sandbox now but the new Pitt River Intertidal habitat area north of Lougheed Highway in Port Coquitlam should be green with plants soon.

The final stage for the $9.9 million project has been delayed by cool weather that slowed plant growth in the nursery and the high river freshet, which hampered workers' efforts to get into the newly created tidal area west of the Pitt River.

The plants required more time to grow but are now ready for planting, according to Allen Jensen, manager of environmental services.

Approximately 110,000 aquatic and riparian plants will be dug in by the end of August.

"It's very important that the plants are strong, survive and thrive, this will help prevent the spread of invasive plant species in this area," Jensen said.

dstrandberg@tricitynews.com