1 Nov 2017

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.

To view notes from previous meetings, use the “Meeting Notes” Archive links on the right panel.



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

Adoption of Agenda
Adoption of Meeting Notes of 6 September, 2017

Treasurer’s Report:
Closing Balance 6 Sept, 2017 $ 744.68
No changes this period


Conservation Connection Forum: Carmel, Mary and Ian attended. 9 interesting speakers and much networking.

Green Team (Amanda Evans) would like a general letter of support stressing the work they have done in Saanich. The letter will be used in fund raising and grant applications. The Green Team gives environmental projects a huge boost at no cost to the organization, but at a big cost to the organizers (Amanda). Grant money would make this very worthwhile organization viable. Winona and Joanne will write and send this letter.

Saanich Inlet Roundtable – Winona reported that the Round Table would like us to join them. They have done much to rid the inlet of derelict boats and buoys, discussed the proposed LNG facility and are now looking at run off into the inlet, a perfect fit for FTCW. Winona will represent us at future meetings and keep us informed.

PSS Fundraiser – Dinner (tickets $60.00, 1/2 are sold) and Silent Auction at Prospect Lake Hall on November 25, 2017. Some silent auction items open for bidding on PSS web site starting Friday: http://peninsulastreams.ca.

Killarney Lake Bathymetry has been done by CRD. Lake is 19m deep with a surprisingly symmetrical bowl. This suggests that it contains a good supply of water which could be used to enhance Killarney Creek in periods of low flow in October and November.

Saanich Tree Appreciation Day Nov. 4, 2017. Planting events are at Swan Creek and at Brydon & Mahon Brook GORP site from 10:00 – 12:00.

Watershed Bus Tour. Nov. 5th. Meet at Prospect Lake School at 9:45. Light lunch provided by Red Barn. Return to school at 2:30. This is the second tour which was postponed from Oct. 21. There were still 10 seats available as of 1 November. Call Francesca at Pen Streams to reserve one of these.

Open House on Oct. 14th was highly successful. A good discussion with a panel of experts and plenty of time for questions. All was brilliantly moderated by Anne Marie Daniel. From informal discussions it appears that some people’s fears were allayed.

Follow up needed. Water Sustainability Act? We agreed that the questions arising at the meeting had to do with water sustainability, water licences and other issues requiring permissions. We would like to sponsor a public meeting to address these issues. Mary will find a speaker and a venue.


Water quality monitoring continues monthly. Next date Mon 6 November. We have also been going with Kitty Lloyd of CRD on their 5 in 30 round on Tod Creek. Mary and Winona will do our sampling collection along with Kitty Lloyd of CRD. Mary and Carmel will do Maltby after that.

Tod Creek Flats – Landowners are interested in exploring the idea of a wet land. Meeting with Saanich on Nov. 20th to discuss this. Mary will attend representing FTCW.

Whitehead Park. – Maintenance on going. Michael is top dressing the trails with chips. The horsetail is dying down exposing the plants with their new summer growth.

Pulling Together Training is on Nov. 18th.

Web site – Lori keeps adding to this very informative site. People mentioned appreciating the photos and the History paper.

Lake Stewardship – Winona. Aquatic Plant Survey was held on Oct 1st. There was still plenty of coontail. No invasives were observed. An algae bloom was noted at the north end of the lake. A sample has been taken to Laura Kline of CRD.

History – With much effort we produced a document that outlines our achievements over the last 17 years. Lori has posted this on the web site. As Ian pointed out this will be valuable in any future grant applications.

Historical Society – Winona reports the AGM will be held next Thurs at 11:00 at the Charlotte and Quail. The changes resulting from the new Societies Act will be ratified.

Maltby Lake nothing to report

Next Meeting – January 3rd, 2018.
Location: Audrey’s

Winona, Carmel & Lori will be attending this worthwhile event:


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