We are pleased to start spreading the word about two upcoming events that Team WaterSmart of the Regional District of Nanaimo is hosting this spring.
Two all-day events will take place in Nanaimo and Qualicum Beach to bookend Canada Water Week.
Both events will be all-day festival style affairs, with live music, kids activities, workshops, speakers, interactive community display booths and food concession. Team WaterSmart has partnered with First Nations, VIU, local community groups and municipalities to ensure this event is collaborative and successful. The intent is to inspire, educate and celebrate water in the region. Though the events are held in Nanaimo and Qualicum, the content will be relevant to all residents in our region from Cedar to Deep Bay to Lantzville to Errington and everywhere in between.
Come out and celebrate water with us and visit the MVIHES display booth.
MVIHES has completed 10 years of stream habitat restoration projects on Centre Creek, a tributary of the Englishman River Watershed. The goal was to restore habitat for coho salmon and other salmonids lost to stream bank erosion and sedimentation of the creek bottom. At the request of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, we re-visited all of the restoration sites.
The strategy included collecting large tree stumps and fallen logs, then securing them in place on the stream bank with cables. These structures, called Large Woody Debris (LWD), are a natural way to protect the bank from erosion, plus narrow the stream channel to create deep shaded pools. Pools are places where fish like to hide, or hang out to stay cool on hot summer days.
Rock was also added to the stream banks and creek bottom to protect against erosion and create riffles/spawning habitat.
On January 20, 2016 Dave Clough, the biologists who developed the restoration project, along with several MVIHES volunteers, conducted an assessment of the past decade of work. We were very pleased to learn that the rock and LWD structures are still in good condition. PLUS, the objectives of preventing steam bank erosion, and creating riffles and deep pools for fish habitat have been achieved. A very good outcome indeed!