Friday, February 16, 2018

Winters floods 2017/18


Over the past months heavy rain events have occurred within the watersheds of all the streams we steward. Bonnel Creek has seen volumes exceeding anything we have seen over the past years carrying large and small woody debris flow unlike anything we have seen on this creek. Within the lower estuary reach amounts of debris have accumulated for approximately 200+ meters resulting in the channel being full from bank to bank  up to 2 meters deep. This log jam is within the lower reaches where the bulk of our summer fry salvage program occurs. This year will be very challenging to find and salvage as many wild Coho fry along with all other  species with the pools buried beneath the log jam. We are presently formulating a restoration prescription to resolve as best as possible this task. We are unable to use machinery until all fish are removed  and the stream bed dries usually around July which will be within the fish window for work within a stream making work possible without endangering any fish.  We already have someone who is willing to volunteer some machine time when the time comes. As in the past our projects are volunteer run relying on volunteers to do the work, this project will be beyond the capabilities of hand tools and labour and will require machinery to remove the woody debris from this one of our most venerable habitats for wild Coho and wild chum.







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Friday, June 26, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

 Building foot bridge over old collapsed logging bridge.
Almost complete without hand rail.
 Willow wattle , erosion prevention.
 Thomas.

 Styrofoam collected from estuary.


 Trouts
 Outgoing smolts

More Styrofoam and other junk from estuary


 Nanoose Creek sign erection.
 Island Highway rest area Nanoose Bay information sign.

 Building stairs to the counting box.






 Stairs down to our fish box for counting smolts leaving Swan Lake.

 Damage from ATV,s crossing stream.

 Estuary Pond
 Swan lake   [ boat stolen since]
 Estuary
 A chinwag.

Perils of stream keeping.
 A sky blue pink dicky bird.
 Cycle of life.

 Sculpin
 Collecting Willow bundles for wattleing.
 School fry release

 Fry Salvage
 Very strange deformed Coho.
 Water Beetle.
 Our attemp to plug Beaver dam after a trapper took out the beavers, a sad day when we found this had happened. No matter what we did we could not do as good a job as the Beavers. It took two years for a new family to show up and fix the dam.

 Wild Coho heading downstream.



 Salvaging fry.
 A nice Cutthroat Trout.

 Releaseing fry into Swan Lake.

 Fry Salvage.


 Our community tent at Nanoose Bay Teddy Bear picnic.

 The origanel gang.
 Removing garbage from Bloods Creek Lantzville over 40 cubic meters of houshold junk dumped over the bank into the stream, go figure.

 Our counting fence.
Another fun day with a school group in the estuary.