Restoring the Esturary
In an effort to return the Englishman River Estuary to a more natural state, the Nature Trust, who has ownership of the estuary lands, removed a man-made dyke that separated part of the estuary from ocean tidal flows.
Approximately 3000 m3 of gravel dyke material were excavated in early August, resulting in the removal of a 100 m long barrier (in red) to tidal flows.
Channels were dug through the remaining native soil to further enhance flow in and out of the estuary.
Two truckloads of large woody debris, and crab apple trees removed during the excavation, have been strategically placed to provide shade and cover to fish and other marine species.
Some sections of the trails that intersect the estuary will be reconfigured to reduce impact by human traffic. The old look out is being replaced with lookouts in two new locations that will provide expansive views of the estuary, perfect for bird watching. This is just the first phase of the work planned for the estuary over the next few years. The Englishman River Estuary is on its way to beoming a more naturally functioning ecosystem.
To learn more about this project and MVIHES involvement, click here.