3 Jan 2018

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: Janet Williams, Sherron MacPherson, Joanne Delage, Lori James Derry
Present: Ian Duncan, Michael Derry, Anne Allen, Pat Carfra, Carmel Thomson, Winona Pugh, Audrey Barnes, Bernie Bowker, Mary Haig-Brown

Adoption of Agenda
Adoption of Meeting Notes of 1 November, 2017 after a change in heading from “Agenda” to “Meeting Notes.”

Treasurer’s Report
Closing Balance 1 Nov, 2017 $744.68
No Change.

Bus tour on 5 Nov was another great success with 40 participants.

Letter in support of Green Team has been sent. A card of thanks from the Green Team was circulated.

PSS fund raiser generated $6,700.00.

GOERT Colloquium report – Winona, Audrey and Carmel attended. Speakers on many related topics were very informative.

Saanich Inlet Roundtable – Winona is our representative. Their big push at the moment is the matter of moored boats, some live aboards, some storage, some derelict, some in use, but there are too many for the space. The Mayor of Central Saanich is taking action which will get results.

Questionnaire re Professional Reliance Model – Winona reported that there is a very important questionnaire on the B.C. web site having to do with the Professional Reliance Model for environmental reviews of projects throughout BC. Information and the questionnaire can be found at: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/ . The deadline for input is 19th January.

Follow up to Open House, Water Sustainability Act and Water Licences. Mary is still trying to get a speaker to address these issues, but so far has not succeeded.

Water Quality – Winona and Mary continue to take readings. February 2018 will complete the year. Ian and Michael will join us on our next session. We will meet at Mary’s house at 9:30 on Sunday morning. We survey at 7 sites and the process takes about 2 hours. This routine data gathering provides an important source of information for continued monitoring of the state of the watershed.
Carmel is trying to interest FMLW young board members in doing readings at Maltby. This is an excellent way to become involved without a huge time commitment.

Tod Creek Flats – a meeting is being arranged for this month with the Landowners, Terry Mitchell, who is leasing the land, and Lana Popham to see about pesticide free farming in order to maintain the healthy watershed.

Whitehead Park – Good Pulling Together workshop at HCP on Nov. 18. Maintenance continues on most Mondays mornings at 9:30. We discussed changing the time but this time seemed to be as good a time as any.

Discussion about future of FTCW including political neutrality position. We agreed that remaining politically neutral as a group was important. We demonstrate our interest in the watershed by working to improve its health. We are open to all who care to join in our projects.
Since Mary has only 2 more meetings as chair a discussion ensued about possibilities for the future of FTCW. Bernie was tasked with being the person to find a successor.

Web site– Lori was absent. We noted the interest generated by Lori’s stunning photo of Tod Creek Flats. We suggest adding links to Saanich Inlet Roundtable and SIPS.
Historical Society – Winona reports they have had their AGM, satisfied the changes needed by the new Societies Act and continue as a registered society. In March we will walk in Dominion Brook Park where the stream has been restored and the rhodos will be lovely.
Leading walks, publicly advertised, following the route the Society worked out a few years ago was suggested. Winona will work on this.

Maltby Lake – Carmel reported that they lost a couple of large cedars in recent storms.
The Victoria Foundation has added Maltby to their legacy fund and will be able to match some doners gifts. This is a big boost to the confidence of the Friends of Maltby Lake Watershed Society. We congratulate them.

Next meeting 7 March, 2018, at 7:30.
Location: Ian and Anne’s house.


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