Salmon have arrived in Saanich [Oct 2017]
Two weeks ago, Dorothy Chambers, lead steward with Colquitz River fish fence, , couldn’t wait for fall downpours, as salmon spawning season approaches.
Salmon travelling up the Colquitz River on their cradle-to-grave spawning journey like muddy, deep water. The recent run of rainy days has finally delivered the right conditions.
Over the course of 24 hours, the volunteers counted 50 salmon on Oct. 19 .
Tod Creek Watershed
The Peninsula Streams Society (PSS) is hosting a Tod Creek Watershed panel and information session on restoration and progress this Saturday at the Unitarian Church (5575 West Saanich Rd.).
PSS hopes to alleviate concerns by area residents regarding the stocking of coho salmon into Prospect Lake, as well as educate local residents about the Tod Creek Watershed’s history, current projects and future plans.
There are currently many restoration projects being undertaken in Tod Watershed, said PSS executive coordinator Ian Bruce. That includes conservation of headwaters at Maltby Lake, restoration projects on the flats, Tod mainstream and tributaries, fish-way installation on Butchart’s Dam, fish monitoring, beach restoration in Tod Inlet, and ongoing riparian habitat improvement projects.
Earlier this year members of the Prospect Lake Preservation Society expressed concern that by introducing salmon, the level of Prospect Lake, which is artificially raised by a dam, may be lowered to ensure salmon have access to Tod Creek and the ocean.
However, Bruce said that’s not necessarily the case.
“The juvenile salmon will ‘residualize’ and will go [to sea] when they can go.”
The Tod Watershed Open House is this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
There’s also 14 tickets left for the Tod Creek Watershed Bus Tour upcoming on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m..
*** Additional Panel Members: Ian Bruce, Executive Coordinator for Peninsula Streams;
and Joni Olsen, Councillor, Tsartlip First Nation.
For some photos of the Tod Creek Watershed event, click on this link:
Rock Bay Creek
“Towards rewinding a city creek” by Maleea Acker‘s article in Focus Magazine Jan/Feb 2017 issue:
Dorothy Field explains her passion for Rock Bay Creek, which once flowed from Fernwood to the Inner Harbour.
The Rains Came to the Colquitz River… Nov 18, 2013
Record return continues for Colquitz Creek
- by Staff Writer – Victoria News
- posted Nov 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Dorothy Chambers from the Colquitz Salmonoid Stewardship and Education Society, nets a big one while emptying the fish trap in Coquitz Creek.
Salmonoid Stewardship and Education Society has counted more than 1,000 fish entering Colquitz Creek so far this year, far surpassing any previous counts over the past decade. A typical year might see 300 coho enter the creek between October and December.
The group uses the trap to count fish, mainly coho and sends them on their way upstream to spawn.
Still Salmon today: Dec 21, 2013
Sunday Oct. 26 2014 Colquitz River fish fence
Five hours on the Colquitz today.
Started out in slamming rain, with many visitors in rain slickers, braving the weather and delighted to see 21 salmon hauled.
By 2:00 pm the sun was shining, it was warm and the holding pen was full.
Many visitors came by and we were there until 6:00pm releasing fish !
Dorothy, and the fish team !!