Meeting Notes – 10 Sept 2014

Meeting Notes

Friends of Tod Creek Watershed meet the first Wednesday of every second month.
You are welcome to join us.

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

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10 SEPTEMBER, 2014

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

Regrets: Sherron MacPherson, Frances Hunter, Lori James Derry, Judith Kirchner

Present: Winona Pugh, Pat Carfra, Joanne Delage, Carmel and Woody Thomson, Bernie Bowker, Mike Thompson, Wil Shulba, Patrick and Jane Brown, Anne Russo, Kayla, Lynn, Mary Haig-Brown

1. Adoption of agenda

2. Adoption of minutes of 4 June, 2014

3. Fund raiser/Community Builder for Maltby Lake – Planning session. Dinner and Dance

a) Date: Sat Nov 8

b) Venue: Prospect Lake Community Hall which has been donated by Prospect Lake and District Community Association for which we thank them.

c) Music: Farrell Boyce – Water in the Crawl Space which has also been donated

d) Food: dinner – Judith Kirchner has offered to facilitate this. We decided on lasagne from Costco and trimmings.

e) Drink – Judith will arrange this. Some offers of donated wine or beer (Wil) are also pending.

f) Silent Auction – Audrey Barnes will co- ordinate. Assisted by Sherron MacPherson. Will everyone please contact Audrey with their donations.

g) Publicity – Kayla with Lynne and Anne will co-ordinate this.

h) Tickets: Peninsula Streams will issue tax receipts for donations. (We are checking the constitution and may be able to issue receipts for donations for land purchase as well as other things.) Price of ticket $15 to $25 depending on costs. We will include a suggestion for an added donation.

h) Other – M.C. – Anne will ask Mike Hayes.

A meeting to discuss a longer term campaign as well as a strong message (eg. Keep Maltby Lake Wild) will be held on Saturday, Sept 13 from 10:00a.m. to Noon at 4328 Prospect Lake Road.

4. Treasurer’s report Closing balance last meeting $1712.08. Closing balance today $1712.90.

5. Announcements:

a) Cattail Clearing – Rithet’s Bog, Sept 13 10 am to 3 pm. Meet at corner of Chatterton Way and Dalewood. Come in scruffy clothes. Tools and snacks provided.

b) Workshop – Invasive Species vs Novel Ecosystems – Sept 30 ($75). See attached notice.

c) PSS walkabout on Tseychum Creek, Pat Bay – 16 September. Email me <> for details if you are interested in joining us. Page 2 of 4Page 3 of 4

d) Bat counting completed for the year. Several people counted at various sites 3 times. Bats are still here.

e) Joint HAT and FTCW project to do riparian cleanup and planting at Dave and Judy Wallace’s on Saturday, Oct.18, 10a.m. – 1 p.m. 5648 Wallace Drive. Meet on Farmington Road. Please register for planting before Thursday, October 16th – call Todd Carnahan (250) 995 2428.

6. Projects:

a) Web site is being continually updated by Lori. Check it out at or Google Friends of Tod Creek Watershed.

b) Whitehead Park – we are now working on east side cutting blackberries and waiting for the rain.

c) Evergreen – June. A meeting (July 17) and 2 work parties (July 19th &August 16th ) have been held so far. A planting opportunity is being developed on the corner of Prospect Lake Rd and Lohr Rd where Saanich has replace the culvert.

d) Butchart’s Dam – no progress, Sarah Petrescu was working on other stories, but is now back to this one. PSS may start applying for grants to do the work anyway.

e) Tod Creek Flats – RFCPP grant call is expected soon. We have a team of people including a hydrologist and some input from Saanich. We worked on an earlier call but did not submit so we are ready now.

f) Lake Keepers – Winona reported. We agreed to renew our membership and apply for a chance to host an Aquatic Plant Workshop on Prospect Lake.

g) Maltby Lake – Carmel and Woody are working very hard to protect the ecological values of the lake and surrounding area. The process for the disposition of the TLC held share of the property is very complicated and requires legal advice. It appears that TLC must satisfy their creditors before they can give any consideration to nonmonetary values of their properties.

7. Heritage Brochure – Winona presented the Saanich brochure made from the Society’s information. They are applying for Heritage Status for Dumbleton Lodge at Maltby Lake. Woody and Carmel hosted the Heritage AGM .

8. Next meeting: Wednesday, 5 November, 2014 Location: Audrey Barnes house, 140 Kiowa Place.


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