Fish Rescue in Shelly Creek
As you know, a water main is being installed along the E&N rail line to connect the new water intake in the Englishman River to an above ground storage resevoir in Springwood Park. The E&N rail line crosses Shelly Creek near the intersection of Wildgreen Way and Butler Ave. Improvements must be made to the Shelly Creek culvert at the E&N crossing so it can support the pipe. Before work can be done on the culvert, all fish in the vicinity of the culvert must be captured and moved to a safe location within Shelly Creek.
Around June 20, MIVHES was informed that the biological consultants working for the City had moved 12 adult Cutthroat Trout to a location in the creek below Blower Rd. Unknown to the consultants was that this section of the creek dries up in summer. MVIHES notified the City and the consultants moved the fish up into pools in the Corfield Park which contain water year round and already support a small Cutthroat Trout population.
In the meantime, two of our intrepid volunteers, Dick Dobler and Pete Law, held a search party of their own to see if more fish needed re-locating from the culvert site. And indeed there were.
Between June 21 and June 26, using a combination of minnow trapping and pole seining in a section between 100 m upstream of the crossing and 50 m downstream of the crossing, they captured 3 Cutthroat adults and parrs, and 5 Cutthroat fry. All of the fish were found in isolated pools that were drying up fast with no flow between them, like the one above.
The fish were released in the pools in Corfield Park to join their Cutthroat family. Home Sweet Home