|Caring for the Englishman River Estuary|
This first phase of the Caring for the Englishman Estuary Project has been completed, and you're welcome to share in what we've learned by downloading our final document . MVIHES would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their support.
Partners in this Project:
In addition to thebio-inventory ofthe Englishman River estuary that we did in 2008, we are in the midst ofdeveloping a Volunteer Monitoring Program. If you are insterested in becoming a Steward of your Estuary, please read over our program information and Contact Us. We'd love to have you join our team!
The estuary is under considerable pressure from residential development as the population of Parksville grows at a rate higher than the provincial average. Shoreline hardening, invasive plants, pollution from storm water and increased human use are just a few of the impacts changing the dynamics of the system.
As government funding for monitoring and assessment is increasingly less available, volunteers, directed by professional biologists and working within a well-designed program, can provide the high-quality reliable data that is necessary to maintain this valuable ecosystem.
The volunteer team will measure: water quality including oxygen, nutrients, pH and salinity; biological parameters including wildlife, fish, terrestrial and aquatic vegetation, introduced species; and garbage.
Gateway to Watershed and Ocean
An estuary is a place where tidal waters from the ocean move up into the river, and river water flows out to the ocean. This mixing of salt and freshwater that changes four times daily with the tide, creates a multitude of habitats that support a wide variety of unique plants, animals, birds, and insects. Plants and animals in an estuary quickly break down and are recycled, resulting in a very high productivity of life. At 145 ha, the estuary is significant to the health of the watershed and to us.
What does the Estuary do for you?
You can help!
You can volunteer as little or as much as you like. Walk in the estuary and count plants, birds, and wildlife.Assist with seasonal activities like beach seining, eelgrass mapping andbird counts, or help to eliminate invasive species such as broom and knapweed. Monitor water quantity and quality, take part in photo-point monitoring, create artwork for use in educational materials, help at community events, or other tasks as needed.
What you can do at home: