4th July 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.

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Friends of Tod Creek Watershed

Meeting Notes: July 4, 2018 7:30pm

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

1. Adoption of Agenda

2. Adoption of Meeting Notes

3. Treasures Report: closing balance as of May 2, 2018: $444.68

4. Announcements:
Saanich Environmental Awards : Congratulations to award recipients nominated through the Friends of Tod Creek Watershed
Audrey Barnes – Individual achievement
Linda Geggie – Sustainability
McCall Gardens – Business
Shelagh Levey – Lifetime Achievement

5. Mary Haig Brown Recognition Award –developing terms of award: ideas include framed certificate/s; Prospect Lake School Student Award;

6. Lake Stewardship

a. Geothermal Loop Application – Friends of Tod Creek Watershed has sent a letter of opposition to the application for the installation of a 20’ geothermal loop into Prospect Lake. Saanich passed a motion in 2008 requesting that the province not approval any applications until further research has been completed demonstrating the installation of single and multiple geothermal loops would not impact the ecology of Prospect Lake. A copy of the letter was sent to Lana Popham, Vicki Sanders and Saanich Mayor and Council. Efforts to contact the Prospect Lake Community Association regarding this issue have not received any response.

b. Lake Sampling will be due at the end of August and a date and volunteers can be confirmed as soon as possible

c. Annual Secchi Dip In – The BC Lake Stewardship Annual Dip In will take place from July 1 to July 30 . Volunteers are needed to assist

d. Water Quality testing will continue in Tod Creek and Maltby Lake. Maltby Lake will be added to the testing route, for cohesive stats; the next Water Quality testing will be Friday July 13th beginning at Maltby Lake.

e. Preliminary results from CRD sampling in Tod Creek. Winona has these results and will share as confirmed.

7. McCall Gardens tour – McCall Gardens have offered to do a tour of their environmental award winning building and grounds featuring green building technology, local art stream restoration and native plant gardens. A day and time to be decided, Tuesday afternoons work for this group, Winona will make the arrangements.

8. Projects

a. Prospect Lake School Watershed Tour report: Winona will contact Yves for a link to the video that was made of the tour.

b. Tod Creek Flats – update from Peninsula Streams – Michael Derry updated re the Fund Raiser Auction & Dinner which is held in Nov. The search is on for a new venue, different ideas were discussed and these will go to Pen Streams Fund Raising Committee.

c. Whitehead Park – Audrey: maintenance now, weeding and lasagna gardening continue.

9. Website – Lori: some new pages have been recently added. See web site for “Local Gardens” and “Local Publications” [Carol McDougall’s book: A Salmon’s Sky View has been added].

10. Heritage Society – Time Capsule ceremony, Sunday July 15th, 11:00am Saanich Municipal Hall. In addition to FTCW contribution, Maltby Lake added a binder on their efforts to save the lake. See this link to Saanich News: https://www.saanichnews.com/community/saanich-set-to-seal-150th-time-capsule/

11. Maltby Lake – Carmel: two sets of Loons have been seen on the lake;

and she shared a link on Biomimicry: Janine Benyus is the foremost proponent of Biomimicry, the work that takes a deep look at nature and mimics nature’s solutions to challenges like energy use, building materials, cooperation, structure, basically everything we need to live in this world sustainably.”

See this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf4oW8OtaPY

and Power To Be
“Power To Be began in 1998 with an idea: Help people living with a disability or barrier access nature. The idea grew into a community, connecting participants to adventures and supporters to opportunities, collectively redefining our definition of ability.”  See their link: http://www.ami.ca/category/our-community/media/power-to-be
… and here is their web site: https://powertobe.ca

Next Meeting – Wednesday, September 5; location: Maltby Lake at 7 pm [please note the time change: 7 pm not 7:30].


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