The last few weeks have been a busy time counting Wild Coho smolts leaving the streams and heading out into the Salish Sea. Along with the Wild Coho are a few Trout also heading down stream, as these ” Rainbow” where salvaged from drying pools along with the Wild Coho fry from the anadromous reaches of our streams we consider them to be Steel head smolts which hopefully points towards some Steel head survivors actually making into the streams still after years of habitat degradation and over fishing in the days when it was considered to be just another fish for the table and after all their was abundance of all fish with no end in sight. Along with some regular maintenance of our trails and access road to our fisheries project.
Last month I mentioned the first of the new signs for Bloods Creek went up but I neglected to mention that as Howie Edwards Fisheries manager for Snaw Naw As Village and myself where wondering how we wold get a picture of both of us with the new sign as we watched vehicle after vehicle drive by waving and us saying why does no one stop a car pulls up with a young women from Lantzville asking if we needed help, I explained our dilemma so she pulled over and returned to take the pictures attached attached below. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her help, this act shows that we still have some community spirit left in Lantzville.
Next week I will be traveling around our watersheds with a Environmental Impact Assessment Biologist from the Ministry of Environment to identify some sites to do water monitoring on some streams as part of the Community Watershed Monitoring Program. Once we pick some sites we will conduct the training of our volunteers in the use of equipment and correct protocol procedures for collecting data over the dry summer months and into the fall.
We have been removing Giant Hog-weed again trying to break the cycle of regrowth which can be difficult as though some plants will only live and die in one season some can be perennial also some seed can stay viable for up to 15 years. So you can see why it is important to get all new growth in the spring and prevent any going to seed, we are very lucky that the plants are restricted to only one location unlike French Creek in Parksville which has 17.5 kilometers of Hog weed with some areas having plants up to 10 feet along both banks. French Creek has what could be classified as a serious problem with possibly no hope of eradicating it as it has been spreading for decades.