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2nd May 2018

AGENDA – 2 MAY, 2018

Mission: to protect and enhance the integrity and biodiversity of the Tod Creek Watershed.

In attendance: Ian Duncan, Anne Allen, Joanne Delage, Sherron MacPherson, Audrey Barnes, Mary Haig-Brown, Bernie Bowker, Michael Derry, Winona Pugh, Emily Harris, Carmel Thomson, Lori James Derry.
Regrets: Pat Carfra, Janet Williams

Adoption of the Agenda: passed.

Adoption of Meeting Notes of 14 March, 2018: passed.

Treasurer’s Report
Closing balance 14 March, 2018:  $694.68
Deposit donation              $50.00
Cheque Web site annual   $50.00
Cheque Publ course        $250.00
Balance as of 2nd May   $444.68

a) Pen Streams AGM Sat May 12th 2018, 3 to 5 pm
Brentwood Bay Inn. Please RSVP.
Francesca Loro, Stewardship Coordinator

b) Creatures of Habitat volunteers needed: If you can help: call Francesca Loro, Stewardship Coordinator   250.363.6480

c) Saanich Inlet Roundtable – Winona: Notice of next meeting, hosted by the District of Central Saanich, Thursday May 17th 2 pm to 4:30 pm. Cedar Room, Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly’s Crossroad.

d) Dominion Brook Park tour was wonderful. Another tour is on Tuesday, May 8th at 10:30 am. Let Mary know if you would like to come.

e) Wray Creek – Saanich will be doing a restoration of the creek as it runs through properties between Sparton and West Saanich. The landowner, Gabby Czech, would like to see the wetland habitat restored for the frogs. Work to be done in late Aug or Sept.

f) Coho Fry Release – two schools, Bayside Middle School & Brentwood Elementary School, will be releasing the Coho fry they have raised in their classrooms into Tod Creek at Whitehead Park. Date to be arranged.

g) Prospect Lake School bus tour will take place on Friday, 25th May. There will be four bus loads of approximately 60 students each coming to Trevlac Ponds, Whitehead Park, Tod Flats, and Butchart’s Fishway and then back to Power to Be. Jenny Eastman will be at Trevlac to talk about pond life, Andrea Neumann will lead bird watching at Tod Flats. Brian Koval will talk about the fishway and migration at Gowlland Tod. And we will host at Whitehead. We need volunteers. Proposed outline handed out with agenda.

h) Emily Harris has opened: The Coop Market Garden. Emily & Tyler can be reached at: and their web site is for updates on the garden/links/ vegetable gardening tips.


Water quality – time for another round, date: Sat 09:30 May 5th

Tod Creek Flats – Multi Use Management Plan. Meeting held today with DFO [Plan will be updated]: 4 landowners met; there have been about 10 years of ongoing meetings; the land is now potentially organic as it has sat fallow for 8 years, so this will be added to the consideration/s; drainage was the biggest problem, now resolved; met w/ Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture; the group is looking at gaps in the info & how to resolve them with everyone being good with the resolution outcome/s.

South Prospect Lake Park – we pulled lots of broom sprouts. The difference is amazing in the 3 years we have been doing this.

Whitehead Park and Lohr Road – Maintenance continues. Saanich Native Plants have donated Mimulus plants for WHP [Yellow Monkey Flower, Mimulus guttatus]. Other plantings are really flourishing and so is the Reed Canary Grass. We will set it up so the bus tour students can help us spread cardboard and mulch.

Lake Stewardship – Winona: 2018 Wetlands Institute Workshop will be held Sept 17th to 23rd on Salt Spring Island, generally from 09:00 to 6:00 pm; Location: Salt Spring Island Conservancy, 265 Blackburn Road. For more information and to reserve seats: go to

Web site – Lori: new page “Local Publications” and soon to be new page “Local Gardens”

Heritage Society: Winona will be judging at the Heritage Fair
FTCW book is being created by Winona & Lori;
Retrieving other publications: “Wetland Connections” and “Returning the Loon” for future considerations re reprinting;
We have added to the Saanich 150 Time Capsule.

Maltby Lake – Carmel: Harlequin Duck [Histrionicus histrionicus] and Common Loon [Gavia immer] have been on the lake this spring. See All About Birds for details: and for Maltby Lake website, see:

Hand over Chair to Winona Pugh, with Thanks to Mary for her work to date.

Next meeting – Wednesday, 4th July, 2018
Location: Audrey’s

14 March 2014


Mission: to protect and enhance the integrity and biodiversity of the Tod Creek Watershed.
Regrets: Joanne Delage
Present: Michael Derry, Ian Duncan,Winona Pugh,Bernie Bowker,Pat Carfra, Lori James Derry, Carmel Thomson, Anne Allen, Audrey Barnes, Mary Haig-Brown

Adoption of Agenda
Adoption of Meeting Notes of 3 January, 2018

Treasurer’s Report
Closing balance 3 Jan, 2018 $744.68
BC Lake Stewardship Society membership 50.00
Closing Balance 14 March $ 694.68

Saanich Environmental Awards – nominations are open. For information: Think of a business or youth group who might be deserving and nominate them!

Sent a letter of support for PSS to Pacific Salmon Foundation.

Saanich Inlet Roundtable – Winona reports they are working on the derelict boat issue as well as the number of anchored freighters and unlicensed boat moorings with a view to having the inlet declared a Geopark.
Next meetings:
March 15 at Brentwood College 2:30-5:00
May 17 at Saanich Fairgrounds 2:00-4:30
October 11 at Shoal Harbour Centre 2:00-4:30

School Bus Tour funding has been approved. Tour will happen on May 25th. Volunteers needed. Andrea Neumann will do the bird watching on the flats. She says she can get lots of volunteers. Jenny Eastman will do Trevlac Pond. We can cover Whitehead Park. More information will follow shortly. Please consider volunteering for what will be a really fun day – especially if we have enough volunteers. Please let Mary know if you are interested:

EDPA Public Hearing March 17th 10:00 am at Spectrum Community School, 957 Burnside Road West. – Winona reported this is a last chance to save this important piece of legislation and have input on changes that could be made to it without leaving our very important wetlands unprotected.

Succession at FTCW. Winona has agreed to take over as Chair and Lori will record the notes. A big thank to both of them. Mary has one more meeting.

Carinna Kenigsberg, Manager of Community Partnerships at Power to Be may come to our next meeting. Please visit their web site at.

Wells and groundwater. Anne and Ian attended the workshop on wells and well safety last week. They reported on a very informative meeting. Provincial authorities said that most wells are registered, usually done by the drillers. Registering puts the well on iMap and means that a later well cannot be drilled nearby and lessen your flow. There is no cost for registration.

Green Shores level one training is being offered. See:
Registration is now open for the Level 1 Green Shores training workshop, being held at UVic on April 6th. Poster with details is attached, please forward to anyone interested.

Registration can be done online here:
Or by phone: 250-472-4747 and it’s offered FREE of charge. Such a deal!
Water quality – ongoing Winona, Mary and Ian go out each month and take readings at 7 sites in the watershed.

Tod Creek Flats – We are developing a Multi-use Management Plan. We have met with Saanich, Lana Popham as our MLA and Min of Ag., and Derek Masselink of the Ag Ministry so far. The plan is evolving as the land owners work on it.
South Prospect Lake Park – broom removal. Mary did not engage the Green Team this year so we will have a session ourselves. Winona is organizing a session on Sunday, April 8th, broom pull and picnic. Details to follow but save the date.

Whitehead Park and Lohr– maintenance continues on both sites. We are clearing some blackberries at Lohr Road. They are doing amazingly well in the rich soil. There is also a burrow leading toward the stream. Winona has similar ones at her place. Maternity sites for otter? muskrat? Even beaver?
Lake Stewardship – Winona reports Lake Pulse is a Canada wide programme to monitor 12 specific lakes for a variety of parameters in its first year. Prospect is not one – yet, but Winona hopes to get it on the list.

Web Site – Lori
Computer Photo Class: LightRoom [Instructor: Andrea Kucherawy, through Camosun College]. Lori has taken this course and has found it very useful. She asked if FTCW could split the course fee with her ($250 is our share). Motion passed unanimously. is site that lists courses for internet tutorials, and it is free with your library card. If you are interested in seeing what they have to offer, go to:   The site also lists Blurb which was used for “Prospect Lake: Reflections” our Heritage Society book. This self-publishing program is excellent for anyone interested in creating their own book [family history, photos, poetry, travel, you name it], and offers hours of free tutorials, again through the library.  Go to  to see what is available.

Heritage Society – Winona
Walk to Dominion Brook Park is being arranged by Winona. A friend of hers will give us a tour of the creek restoration. Trip is planned for Tuesday, April 17th in the afternoon. Winona will send out details when they are confirmed.
Book project – the group is working on other projects and in order to do several projects need the name of a publishing house. They would like to use “Friends of Tod Creek Watershed Publishing Co.” The membership happily agreed.

Maltby Lake – Carmel reports that they are working through details for protection. TLC and HAT are being very supportive.

Next meeting – May 2nd, 2018
Location – Haig-Brown/Bowker house.

We then watched a great slide presentation put together and set to music by Lori with her new found skills [which is being posted on our Facebook page].

3 Jan 2018


Mission: To protect and enhance the integrity and biodiversity of the Tod Creek Watershed.
Regrets: Janet Williams, Sherron MacPherson, Joanne Delage, Lori James Derry
Present: Ian Duncan, Michael Derry, Anne Allen, Pat Carfra, Carmel Thomson, Winona Pugh, Audrey Barnes, Bernie Bowker, Mary Haig-Brown

Adoption of Agenda
Adoption of Meeting Notes of 1 November, 2017 after a change in heading from “Agenda” to “Meeting Notes.”

Treasurer’s Report
Closing Balance 1 Nov, 2017 $744.68
No Change.

Bus tour on 5 Nov was another great success with 40 participants.

Letter in support of Green Team has been sent. A card of thanks from the Green Team was circulated.

PSS fund raiser generated $6,700.00.

GOERT Colloquium report – Winona, Audrey and Carmel attended. Speakers on many related topics were very informative.

Saanich Inlet Roundtable – Winona is our representative. Their big push at the moment is the matter of moored boats, some live aboards, some storage, some derelict, some in use, but there are too many for the space. The Mayor of Central Saanich is taking action which will get results.

Questionnaire re Professional Reliance Model – Winona reported that there is a very important questionnaire on the B.C. web site having to do with the Professional Reliance Model for environmental reviews of projects throughout BC. Information and the questionnaire can be found at: . The deadline for input is 19th January.

Follow up to Open House, Water Sustainability Act and Water Licences. Mary is still trying to get a speaker to address these issues, but so far has not succeeded.

Water Quality – Winona and Mary continue to take readings. February 2018 will complete the year. Ian and Michael will join us on our next session. We will meet at Mary’s house at 9:30 on Sunday morning. We survey at 7 sites and the process takes about 2 hours. This routine data gathering provides an important source of information for continued monitoring of the state of the watershed.
Carmel is trying to interest FMLW young board members in doing readings at Maltby. This is an excellent way to become involved without a huge time commitment.

Tod Creek Flats – a meeting is being arranged for this month with the Landowners, Terry Mitchell, who is leasing the land, and Lana Popham to see about pesticide free farming in order to maintain the healthy watershed.

Whitehead Park – Good Pulling Together workshop at HCP on Nov. 18. Maintenance continues on most Mondays mornings at 9:30. We discussed changing the time but this time seemed to be as good a time as any.

Discussion about future of FTCW including political neutrality position. We agreed that remaining politically neutral as a group was important. We demonstrate our interest in the watershed by working to improve its health. We are open to all who care to join in our projects.
Since Mary has only 2 more meetings as chair a discussion ensued about possibilities for the future of FTCW. Bernie was tasked with being the person to find a successor.

Web site– Lori was absent. We noted the interest generated by Lori’s stunning photo of Tod Creek Flats. We suggest adding links to Saanich Inlet Roundtable and SIPS.
Historical Society – Winona reports they have had their AGM, satisfied the changes needed by the new Societies Act and continue as a registered society. In March we will walk in Dominion Brook Park where the stream has been restored and the rhodos will be lovely.
Leading walks, publicly advertised, following the route the Society worked out a few years ago was suggested. Winona will work on this.

Maltby Lake – Carmel reported that they lost a couple of large cedars in recent storms.
The Victoria Foundation has added Maltby to their legacy fund and will be able to match some doners gifts. This is a big boost to the confidence of the Friends of Maltby Lake Watershed Society. We congratulate them.

Next meeting 7 March, 2018, at 7:30.
Location: Ian and Anne’s house.