Category Archives: Meeting Notes

4th July 2018

Friends of Tod Creek Watershed

Meeting Notes: July 4, 2018 7:30pm

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

1. Adoption of Agenda

2. Adoption of Meeting Notes

3. Treasures Report: closing balance as of May 2, 2018: $444.68

4. Announcements:
Saanich Environmental Awards : Congratulations to award recipients nominated through the Friends of Tod Creek Watershed
Audrey Barnes – Individual achievement
Linda Geggie – Sustainability
McCall Gardens – Business
Shelagh Levey – Lifetime Achievement

5. Mary Haig Brown Recognition Award –developing terms of award: ideas include framed certificate/s; Prospect Lake School Student Award;

6. Lake Stewardship

a. Geothermal Loop Application – Friends of Tod Creek Watershed has sent a letter of opposition to the application for the installation of a 20’ geothermal loop into Prospect Lake. Saanich passed a motion in 2008 requesting that the province not approval any applications until further research has been completed demonstrating the installation of single and multiple geothermal loops would not impact the ecology of Prospect Lake. A copy of the letter was sent to Lana Popham, Vicki Sanders and Saanich Mayor and Council. Efforts to contact the Prospect Lake Community Association regarding this issue have not received any response.

b. Lake Sampling will be due at the end of August and a date and volunteers can be confirmed as soon as possible

c. Annual Secchi Dip In – The BC Lake Stewardship Annual Dip In will take place from July 1 to July 30 . Volunteers are needed to assist

d. Water Quality testing will continue in Tod Creek and Maltby Lake. Maltby Lake will be added to the testing route, for cohesive stats; the next Water Quality testing will be Friday July 13th beginning at Maltby Lake.

e. Preliminary results from CRD sampling in Tod Creek. Winona has these results and will share as confirmed.

7. McCall Gardens tour – McCall Gardens have offered to do a tour of their environmental award winning building and grounds featuring green building technology, local art stream restoration and native plant gardens. A day and time to be decided, Tuesday afternoons work for this group, Winona will make the arrangements.

8. Projects

a. Prospect Lake School Watershed Tour report: Winona will contact Yves for a link to the video that was made of the tour.

b. Tod Creek Flats – update from Peninsula Streams – Michael Derry updated re the Fund Raiser Auction & Dinner which is held in Nov. The search is on for a new venue, different ideas were discussed and these will go to Pen Streams Fund Raising Committee.

c. Whitehead Park – Audrey: maintenance now, weeding and lasagna gardening continue.

9. Website – Lori: some new pages have been recently added. See web site for “Local Gardens” and “Local Publications” [Carol McDougall’s book: A Salmon’s Sky View has been added].

10. Heritage Society – Time Capsule ceremony, Sunday July 15th, 11:00am Saanich Municipal Hall. In addition to FTCW contribution, Maltby Lake added a binder on their efforts to save the lake. See this link to Saanich News:

11. Maltby Lake – Carmel: two sets of Loons have been seen on the lake;

and she shared a link on Biomimicry: Janine Benyus is the foremost proponent of Biomimicry, the work that takes a deep look at nature and mimics nature’s solutions to challenges like energy use, building materials, cooperation, structure, basically everything we need to live in this world sustainably.”

See this link:

and Power To Be
“Power To Be began in 1998 with an idea: Help people living with a disability or barrier access nature. The idea grew into a community, connecting participants to adventures and supporters to opportunities, collectively redefining our definition of ability.”  See their link:
… and here is their web site:

Next Meeting – Wednesday, September 5; location: Maltby Lake at 7 pm [please note the time change: 7 pm not 7:30].

2nd May 2018

Meeting Notes – 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].