Category Archives: Meeting Notes

3 May 2017



Mission: To protect and enhance the integrity and biodiversity of the Tod Creek Watershed.
Present: Bernie Bowker, Gwen Curry, Joanne Delage. Walter Wright, Pat Carfra, Winona Pugh, Mary Haig-Brown
Regrets: Carmel Thomson, Lori and Michael Derry, Audrey Barnes

Adoption of Agenda
Adoption of Meeting Notes of 1 March, 2017
Treasurer’s report
Closing balance 1 March $ 805.68
BC Lake Stewardship renewal 50.00
Closing balance $ 755.68

Pen Streams AGM, Saturday, 6 May at Brentwood Lodge from 3:00-5:00. Guest speaker is Dr. Richard (Dick) Beamish, Emeritus scientist, Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo.
Memberships are now due for this year
Tod Creek Watershed Bus Tour planning meeting has been rescheduled. New date not yet chosen. The bus is currently booked for the weekend of July 8-9. Discussion decided that 3 hours was long enough so there is probably not time to visit Trevlac or Maltby.
Underwood Park visit. A new park off Interurban Trail. Mary and Winona and Jenny Eastman walked and saw a beautiful 6 acre site which is beautifully restoring itself to a natural area.
South Prospect Lake Park broom bash on 22 April with Green Team was a great success. The difference in the park after 3 years of broom removal is marked. The wild flowers are at their best just now.
Stream keepers Course was successful and fun. 10 new Streamkeepers completed the course.

Water Quality monitoring continues on first weekend of the month. Winona and Mary will go out this weekend. We are taking DO and pH readings on Killarney Creek above Bowker pond, and Tod Creek at Goward Road, Lohr Road, Red Barn, Farmington Road, Durrance Lake and Durrance Road Bridge.
That is 7 sites.

Killarney Lake bathymetry will help in working toward this as a source of water for Tod Creek. Winona brought a map done by Ministry of Lands and Forests in 1951 showing the lake to be 60+ feet deep. A phone call from a neighbour reported a bad smell coming from the film covered, silted lake. A visit this morning by Bernie revealed the smell fading and the lake water clear to about 4 feet with no surface film. Perhaps the warming weather has caused the lake to turn over.
Whitehead Park – continuing with weeding, laying cardboard and mulching. Kristen Miskelly is coming on Monday to advise about plantings on top of the mulch. She will be there at 9:30 to advise about plants such as Douglas Aster to plant on top of the mulch. We will apply for a Small Sparks Grant to buy suitable plants.
Tod Creek Flats and Butchart’s dam.
We are waiting for news of grant from RFCPP. We will continue last summer’s work and work upstream on riffles and spawning beds.
The camera has been installed at the Fish Ladder at Butchar’s dam. Smolt from flats have been observed as well as a Coho fresh from the sea. Wrong time of year, what was it up to? See attached draft for a sign to be installed at the fence.
Web site – Lori continues to update this site regularly. Visit it at:
Lake Stewardship – Winona plans another Aquatic Plant survey in the summer.
Maltby Lake – Woody was not present.
Next meeting: 5 July, 2017
Location: To be announced. (possibly Maltby Lake).

1 March 2017


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

Present: Lori James Derry, Michael Derry, Bernie Bowker, Winona Pugh, Walter Wright, Carmel Thomson, Brian Koval, Mary Haig-Brown
Regrets: Pat C., Ian Duncan and Anne Allen, Sherron MacPherson, Joanne Delage, Woody Thomson
Guest: Brian Koval, PSS.
Special welcome to new member Walter Wright
Adoption of Agenda
Adoption of Meeting Notes of 4 January, 2017
Treasurer’s report: Closing Balance 4 Jan $805.68
No significant change in balance. Update at next meeting.

Saanich Council Grants in Aid on Tue. 14 March. We need a volunteer to accompany Francesca. Brian may go.
South Prospect Lake Broom Bash still on April 22 from 9:45 – 1:00. The date change discussed at the meeting will not happen. We cut the broom on Earth Day along with The Green Team.
Green Shores Workshop is on March 3. There may be a space or 2 left. Call (250) 721-8463 for more info. This is an excellent course.
Streamkeepers course March 25-26th. Brian is one of the instructors. An outline of the course is at the end of these notes.
– Calls for another bus tour possibly in the spring. We may do this in spring or fall.
Great beach restoration in Tod Inlet. Cement pad and soil was removed and a huge barge load of gravel and sand was put in its place. This is beside the floats and nature float. It is expected that this non polluted material will be colonized by clams and other sea life. A visit on Family Day two days later revealed families sitting in the sunshine on the sloping gravel beach watching their children play. Thanks go to SeaChange (Nikki Wright) and Pen Streams.
Creek monitoring – DO metre is unrepairable. We can borrow one from PSS. We will start our year of monitoring asap. Mary and Winona will lead. Interested volunteers always welcome.
– Working on getting bathymetry of Killarney Lake. CRD not likely to repair the dam any time soon. We may install a controlled siphon to let water out in the low flow season.
– Whitehead Park – Saanich brought the plants on Monday in the snow. Too snowy for planting. We will work on planting on Monday at 9:30 as usual. This should be the last major planting for this restoration project.

Tod Creek Flats – Brian reported that on Friday, March 3 they will be installing smolt traps on the culverts to enable monitoring of the smolts heading off the flats. Non-clipped smolts were released on the Flats on 10 January and clipped smolts were release at various spots in Tod Creek on 15 February. The traps will enable us to monitor weight gain on the flats and the clipping will let us know if fish are going over the berm onto the flats or not. Friday, March 3 at 10:00 behind the Red Barn for installation of traps. Come and see. Traps will be checked daily after that.

A fish counting camera will be installed on Butchart’s fishway on Thursday, 9 March. This will let us know who is going out to sea and who is coming back. A live stream from this camera is on the wish list. Currently there is no wi-fi access at the site.

Web site: Lori
Signs for park: Lori is working with Andrew Burger to get some small signs showing before and after photos of restoration sites at various spots in the park.

– Interview with Ron de Pol. Ron was one of the original people who worked on the restoration of Tod Creek. We are building on his work and are deeply grateful to him. Lori will interview him and put the result on our web site.

Lake Stewardship: Winona met with Sean Steele, Eva Riccius of Saanich Parks, Adriane Pollard of Sannich Environmental Services. They would like to collate the data that has been collected already and add additional data as it is collected. Saanich will participate. Data on blue/green algae as was seen at Christmas is very important. A further distribution of the book Living By Water was proposed. Adriane is looking into this.

Maltby: Carmel reports they are working toward strategies for ensuring that the land and lake are protected.
Heritage – Winona reports they are working learning about the new regulations in the Societies Act. One project they have is working on Heritage designation for Dumbleton Lodge.

Next meeting – May 3rd
Location: Haig-Brown/Bowker house.

4 Jan 2017



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

Regrets: Rick and Donna Todd, Frances Hunter, Winona Pugh, Gwen Curry

Present: Ian Duncan, Audrey Barnes, Ann Allan, Pat Carfra, Lori James-Derry, Joanne Delage, Bernie Bowker, Mary Haig-Brown

Guest Speaker: Lisa Rodgers

  1. Adoption of Agenda
  2. Adoption of meeting notes of 2 November, 2016
  3. Guest speaker: Lisa Rodgers, Elk/Beaver Lake Initiative Coordinator talked about the work she and others are doing in coming to understand Elk/Beaver Lake. Particular attention was paid to Blue-Green Algae (Cyrano Bacteria) which are naturally occurring but have recently bloomed profusely at times. This is serious as it is fatal to dogs and probably makes people ill as well if it is ingested. The blooms are caused when Phosphorus comes in contact with Nitrogen. Cyrano bacteria can capture Nitrogen with the aid of sunlight. The Phosphorus is in lake sediments and various disturbances, such as introduced carp nosing around, cause it to come to the surface. Methods of preventing the Phosphorus from rising are being considered. CRD will be holding an information event when they have decided on a method. Elk/Beaver has a sediment problem because it is a dammed lake and therefore does not have natural flushing. Prospect Lake

has a more complete flushing action and is less likely to have a buildup of Phosphorus. Residents should call Adriane Pollard when they do see Blue Green Algae in Prospect so that we can develop a better picture of when and how often it builds up in Prospect.

For more complete information please go to <> and search for Featured Watersheds, then scroll down to Elk/Beaver.

  1. Treasurer’s report – Joanne
    Balance 2 Nov, 2016 $ 505.68
    Add donation in memory of Grace Bennett 300.00 Closing Balance 4 January, 2017 $ 805.68
  2. Announcements:

    a) Broom removal at S. Prospect Lake Park with Green Team on Saturday April 22 from 9:45 – 1:00. Mary to inform Saanich and ask for a garbage pick ahead of that date and an invasives pickup after that date.

    1. b)  Archive created in handy carry case for lending. It contains meeting notes and pack ups starting in November, 2000. If you would like to borrow it let Mary know <>.
    2. c)  PSS fundraiser raised $3,500. Disappointing. 2017 is their 15th Anniversary. Perhaps a bigger celebration/fund raiser will be worked on.

      for 2017.

d) We would like to help PSS to do another bus tour of the watershed.

We look forward to the information event planned by CRD about Blue Green Algae.

Creek monitoring for temp, DO. We would like to repeat the monitoring of the creek for Oxygen levels, temperature etc. at the same spots we used in 2012-13 in order to see what difference our work has done. Mary to find a DO meter to use for this.

  1. Projects:
    1. a)  Whitehead Park- taking a break, planting still to happen
    2. b)  Tod Creek Flats – RFCPP application in. PSS is asking for funding to continue the work done on the Flats over the last two years. Monitoring of water flows and fish access on and off the Flats and more work up stream removing blockages, adding riffles and adding spawning beds are in the plans.
  2. Web site – Lori continues to maintain and expand our web site and Facebook page. She will try boosting our posts if it is not too expensive. She has applied for a Small Sparks Grant to aid in the administrative expenses of this work.

    Lori is also working on a repository of Prospect Lake Birds, and Prospect Lake Flora and Fauna. This idea came out of our search for good photos of these when we were working on the Tod Flats interpretive sign.

8. Maltby Lake – Carmel and Woody were not there.

9. Heritage – Lori reports they have joined the Hallmark Society.

10.Next meeting – 1 March, 2017
Location: Lori and Michael Derry’s house.