"Committed to the restoration of wild Pacific salmon in mid Vancouver
Island watersheds through habitat restoration and community engagement"
"Committed to the restoration of wild Pacific salmon in mid Vancouver
Island watersheds through habitat restoration and community engagement"

Water Day

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!

Planting in Shelly Creek Park

Planting in Shelly Creek Park

Press Release: November 4, 2015 from MVIHES

Shelly Creek, a small tributary of the Englishman River, is getting some well-deserved attention these days.

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Martindale Springs

MVIHES, in partnership with GW Solutions and Christopher M. Stephens, Consulting, did some preliminary GPS mapping and observation of the springs that residents alerted us to near the top of Martindale Road and the railway tracks. These residents would like the springs to be acknowledged and protected as their wells may connect to this water.

As Christopher Stephens noted in his report, "It is clear from an assessment of the 40 degree slope where these springs, seeps, wet soil spots and single 3 meter by 3 meter pool at WP 247 are located that this environment is a release site for groundwater which interacts with the surface water based ecosystem present and may be contributing to flows in the Englishman River."

This is a water feature that warrants more attention.


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