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3 July 2019

Friends of Tod Creek Watershed

Agenda: July 3, 7:00pm, Maltby Lake

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

Thank you to Carmel and Woody for hosting our meeting

Attendance: Bernie Bowker, Pat Carfra, Winona Pugh, Audrey Barnes, Joanne Delage, Anne Allen, Carmel Thomson, Mary Haig-Brown, Gwen Curry, Ian Duncan, Lori James Derry

1. Adoption of Agenda: passed
2. Adoption of Meeting Notes: passed
3. Treasurers Report: Account total for May $465.64 [$50 to Dave Renfroe

4. Announcements:

a. Congratulations to Mary as recipient of the Saanich Environmental Long Term Achievement Award and to Oluna and Adolf Cheska for the Biodiversity Conservation Award. MAC Renovations were recognized in the Business category and the teachers at Prospect Lake Elementary School, Laurel, Anita and Jane received Honorable Mention in the Individual category. Thank you to Pat for hosting a wonderful post awards celebration at her home.

b. Metchosin Biodiversity Walk and Talk – Fridays dates and topics at

c. Tiffany Joseph [from Tsartlip], Co-ordinator of SNYD?E? Resiliency Project will lead a walk with stories at Tod Inlet. She will host up to 25 people.

d. Calling for interest in coffee party with David Merner, new Green Party candidate for the Riding. They do Tuesday or Thursday at 7:30 pm or weekends in the afternoon.

5. Previous Business:

a. Mary Haig Brown Recognition Award – the draft criteria was circulated for comment; go to our Awards Page and scroll down to this subpage:

b. Bayside school released their classroom fry at Whitehead Park on May 3 and Prospect Lake Elementary School released their fry into Wray Creek on May 2.  Laurel Evans, with her class, did a great job.   

As an aside, Laurel [along with Jane Schwann and Anito Ko, all from Prospect Lake Elementary] were 2019 Saanich Award Winners: Honourable Mention.

* of note: This Pen Streams sign shows how tagged salmon returning to Tod Creek are photographed.

Posted at Tod Creek Fishway: an example of tagged fish photographed for counting.


c. application completed to partner with Invasive Species Society of BC on Clean, Drain and Dry educational project. We will meet with Eva Riccius from Saanich Parks to discuss the partnership with Saanich. Signs will be posted at Whitehead Park, Estelline, Eastlake & Echo.

d. opportunity to partner with Invasive Species Society of BC on the removal of yellow flag iris in the watershed. The partnership could provide supplies equipment and educational materials for removal projects.

e. Ian and Anne have offered to lead a bat house building workshop in the summer: Dates to be decided.

  • More counters needed for the bat count/s: with 6 people counting we got about 250 bats/ with 8 people counting we got 415.  Next dates are: Thursdays July 18th & July 25th.

f. SEP Community Workshop (May 31 –June 2) at VI University, provided excellent information and networking opportunities:

  • Adapting to Climate Change
  • Great presentations
  • talked about successes, very up-beat

g. Geothermal Loop update:

Thank you Chris for providing the following research. The South Island Natural Resource District issued a Licence of Occupation in February 2019 for a geothermal loop to a waterfront resident on Prospect Lake.  An authorization under Section 11 of the Water Sustainability Act for changes in and about a stream was also issued by West Coast Regional Ecosystems staff.
Although Saanich Council did not support the project in the referral process, they continued to refer to a cumulative effects study being completed.  The Council did not seem to be moving forward with the study.   Saanich does not have a policy for use of geothermal loops.
The project was also referred to the Capital Regional District who indicated their interests were not affected.
The biggest public and Council concern expressed was with the potential rise in lake temperature if the geothermal loop system was to be used for cooling the residential home in the summer.  The applicant acknowledged they would not be using the system to cool in the summer and furthermore the district made this a condition of the approval that they could not use it for cooling in the summer.
There is currently another geothermal loop on the lake that has been in operation since 2009 (the applicant does not use the loop to cool his house).
Both the 2009 approval and the current approval are for a 10 year term which should give Saanich Council or an interested group time to complete cumulative effects studies

h. David Gray documentaries- we would like to plan a showing during Heritage Week in February [possibly at Lana Popham’s office meeting room. ] Also, hoping Gwen Curry will join us there with her new book, for a signing.

6. New Business:

a. We will be hosting the Quebec Exchange students for a work party at Whitehead Park on Wednesday July       24 from 7- 9. Volunteers to assist will be appreciated 3 should be enough. Caleigh Aalders has volunteered. We will be focusing on Lamium, Ivy & Blackberries.

b. A date for the annual Aquatic Plant survey will be set for the end of August.  Joanne & Ron will let us know when they and their floating barge will be available.

c. Monthly water quality and flow measurements to be planned for July. Mary now has a rain gauge at their house. Date to be announced; and how do we want to store the data?

d. Saanich Environmental Policy Framework – passed around during the meeting.

e. Plan to organize regular meetings at Lana Popham’s office: see 5. h) above.

7. Projects:

a. Tod Creek Flats: new interest in returning the area into wetland; we need a plan on how to proceed: partners, funding sources, biological inventory, other data?

b. Whitehead Park: Audrey has been pulling thistles and Winona’s mimulus are blooming;

c. Watershed Management Plan

d. Peninsula Streams: Fundraiser will be Nov 9th at Saanich Fairgrounds;

e. Website: Lori is talking to Dave Renfroe about upgrading the site;

f. Heritage Society: Continuing to collect ‘Prospector’ Newsletters; we might hold our AGM at Parsell’s Winery [Winona will follow-up and let us know];

g. Maltby Lake: Progress recently delayed r/t lawyer;

h. Reports: see above;

i. Tours: Fort Rodd Hill Native Plant Tour Winona will arrange; and Shawn at MAC Reno’s has offered a tour of their facility to see what they do.

j. LakePulse:  

k. LakeKeepers Workshop: July 25th Duncan Community Lodge on Quamichan Lake


7. Next Meeting: September 4, 7:30 pm at Mary & Bernie’s home.


1 May 2019

Friends of Tod Creek Watershed. 

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

Thank you to Lori and Michael for hosting our meeting

Attendance: Sherron MacPherson, Audrey Barnes, Winona Pugh, Pat Carfra, Bernie Bowker, Michael Derry, Mary Haig-Brown, Lori James Derry

Regrets: Anne Allen, Ian Duncan, Carmel Thomson, Janet Williams, Joanne Delage, Chris Weiczorek

1.Adoption of Agenda: Additions: Saanich Inlet Roundtable Thursday May 23rd, Rithets Bog Tour, Senanus Island work party, Previous Business – geothermal loop, David Gray documentaries, Fort Rodd Hill Tour: Water sustainability [see:  for info re “A Handbook for Water Champions: First Edition” posted on our Community Partners Page]: Salmon Fry Release on Thursday at Prospect Lake Elementary School, Wray Creek and on Friday Bayside Keating Salmon Fry Release [see photos on Kid’s Page ] : passed;

2. Adoption of Meeting Notes: passed;

3. Treasurers Report: Account total $505.64. Winona has paid the $50 Annual Membership for BC Lake Stewardship Society;

4. Announcements:

     a. Cedar Hill Park Plan Open House, 2 -5pm Saturday May 4th, at Cedar Hill Rec Center

Cedar Hill Park balances nature, community, and recreation in a harmonious way. People, place, and the environment share an intimate connection that fosters mutual health and well-being. We are all stewards of the park, committed to its long-term preservation and enhancement.

     b. Metchosin Biodiversity Walk and Talk

“Metchosin is a land of rare beauty and a home to important ecological resources. From her rocky shores on the Juan de Fuca Strait, to her rural and agricultural lowlands threaded with streams and lakes, to her conifer-populated highlands, Metchosin is home to a vast array of plants, algae, fungi, lichens, birds, mammals, arthropods, and marine life.”

Upcoming Talks:

May 10/11: Andrew Simon, Backyard Biodiversity
June 14: Nikki Wright, Eelgrass
September 6: Leah Ramsay, Dragonflies.
October 4: Anna Hall, Dolphins
November 8: Sharmin Gamiet, Mushrooms

     c. SEP Community Stewardship Workshop May 31 –June 2 registration still open.

See our Announcements Page for poster and more info:

5. Previous Business:
a. Mary Haig Brown Recognition Award: the committee met on March 20 & developed a draft of award criteria;

b. PIT tagged Coho released March 15 at Lohr road and on the DND Land.

For more information about Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) Tags, see our link to Lohr Road    Scroll to the bottom of the page for these interesting photos;

c. application completed to partner with BC Invasive Species Society on Clean, Drain and Dry educational project

d. South Prospect Lake broom pull successful with focus on maintaining cleared area at the top of the park                      boundary;

e. Ian and Anne have offered to lead a bat house building workshop in the summer. Date to follow;

f. Carmel has published her article on the Prospect Lake Aquatic Plant sampling in

“Our Backyard” and the “BC Lake Stewardship newsletter”

6. Projects:

a. Tod Creek Flats: ongoing planning for the future of the Flats;
b. Whitehead Park: unfortunately, Shiny geranium is present. Weeding every Monday @ 09:30.
c. Watershed Management Plan: [update needed here]
d. Peninsula Streams: Fund Raiser Dinner/ Auction Nov 9th. Announcement to follow with details;
e. Website: always being updated and open to comments/ suggestions;
f. Heritage Society: will order six more “Reflections” books, one has pre-sold, five to have on hand. Sherron and Audrey are collecting Prospector Newsletters for Saanich Archives; Winona to judge “Heritage Kids” May 10th;
g. Maltby Lake: as Carmel not present, no current update;
h. Reports on Parksville 2019 Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate, Saanich Inlet Roundtable, Gary Oak Ecosystem Conference;
i. Water Quality and Aquatic Plant Sampling: date for May: Winona will talk to Ron & Joanne re date;

7. Print Lab will print our Logo Sign for a discount to us at $80.00 + tax.

Next Meeting: July 3, 7:30 at Maltby Lake.

6 March 2019

Friends of Tod Creek Watershed

Mission: to protect and enhance the integrity and biodiversity of the Tod Creek Watershed.
In Attendance: Janet Williams, Anne Allen, Audrey Barnes, Winona Pugh, Ian Duncan, Chris Weiczorek [see 5.a below], Pat Carfra, Lori James Derry
Regrets: Joanne Delage, Sherron MacPherson, Mary Haig-Brown, Bernie Bowker, Carmel Thomson, Woody Thomson.
1. Adoption of Agenda: passed;

2. Adoption of Meeting Notes: passed;
3. Treasurers Report:
End of February account total = $505.64
Annual membership fees $40 for the BC Lake Stewardship Society are due

4. Correspondence: The Living Water Smart plan, a provincial strategy that outlines 45 commitments to improve freshwater management in B.C. While there has been notable headway on implementation, new research from the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, based at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, reveals that nearly one-third of Living Water Smart commitments have seen minimal progress to date. The new report, Taking the Pulse: B.C. Freshwater Policy Monitor, evaluates provincial government promises over the past decade as they relate to sustaining fresh water. Link:

5. Announcements:

  • a. Update from Lana Popham – Chris Wieczorek, Executive Assistant to Lana Popham, Ministry of Agriculture. Chris plans to attend FTCW meetings when his schedule allows, is interested in Tod Flats developments, and the ‘Young Agrarians’ network for new and young ecological and organic farmers.  Link:  He will provide us with a status update re: Geothermal Loops in Saanich. 
  • b. Gary Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team Restoration and Research Workshop. 


  • c. Saanich Inlet Roundtable
    • Hosted by Cowichan Valley Regional District.  Mary & Winona attending, possibly more.
    • Agenda:
    • Thursday, March 14 – 2:30 to 4:50 pm
      Time                       Activity                                                               Responsibility
      2:30 pm         Welcome by Host         Lori Iannidinardo, CVRD Director, Area D, Cowichan Bay
      2:45 pm   Life History of the Giant Pacific Octopus                         Jim Cosgrove
      3:35 pm  VENUS Observatory in the Saanich Inlet           Richard Dewey, Associate Director
      Thirteen years and Counting                                 Ocean Networks Canada
    • Upcoming Roundtables
      • Thursday, May 23 – 2 to 4:30 pm  Central Saanich, Centre for Active Living, 1229 Clarke Road, Brentwood Bay
      • Thursday, November 14 – 2 to 4:30 pm    North Saanich,  SHOAL Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive , Sidney
  • d. Salmonid Enhancement Program
    • Community Workshop – 2019
               “Life in the Salmonsphere”

      • Hosted by: Nanaimo River Stewardship Society & Nanaimo River Hatchery
      • Location: Nanaimo, Vancouver Island University
      • Dates: May 31st  to June 2nd
        Registration package is underway and will be coming out soon. You can book accommodation now at Vancouver Island University by calling 1-250-740-6640. Specify the group as Nanaimo River Stewardship Society, learn about room options at the PSkF website below.  Info will be posted here as it becomes available:
      • Info from previous works can be viewed here:
      • The community workshop is a great opportunity for those passionate about salmon enhancement and stewardship to come together to share ideas, learn new skills, have fun and celebrate the accomplishments of the program and everyone who has played a role in the success of SEP over the past 42 years.  See you there!
  • e. Saanich Environment Awards:
    Saanich grants seven environmental awards every year. Since 2000, they have recognized over 135 people and organizations that contribute to the natural environment in Saanich. The Awards are an initiative of the Saanich Environment and Natural Areas Advisory Committee (ENA). Nominations for the 2019 awards will open March 6th 2019.

    •  Saanich Environmental Award categories: Individual, Volunteer organization, Business, Youth, Biodiversity conservation -To recognize local conservation efforts towards a species, habitat or ecosystem, Long-term environmental achievement -To recognize a lifetime of local environmental effort by an individual, Sustainability – To recognize a local contribution towards sustainability, integrating environmental, social and economic values.  Link:
  • f. Our Backyard
    Article by Carmel “Prospect Lake Aquatic Plant Survey and Water Quality Testing” was published in Our Backyard and there is interest from BCLSS to publish in “Loonie News”. Link:
  • g. Parksville 2019: 2nd Annual Vancouver Island Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate. April 2-4, 2019. Location Parksville Community and Conference Center.  Mary and Garth have registered for the conference; the group unanimously voted to reimburse them for the registration costs.
  • h. Climate Action Plan: Update for Adaption Action Workshop Tuesday March 12th from 09:00 to 12:00 at Cedar Hill Golf Course [1400 Derby Road].   Register  To read more go to:
  • i. Jason F. McLennan. MCPHERSON PLAYHOUSE MARCH 20, 7:00PM  “Victoria 2030 is a provocative look at the state of urban planning, architecture, the environment and community design…”    Link:

6. Water Quality Recording: March sampling: Thursday March 7th @ 1:00 pm, starting from Meadowbrook.

7. Logo Items – Possible logo items include stickers, cards and tattoos.

  • Jarid has provided a quote for cards and decals:
    Decals – 1.5” x 1.5” Clear Vinyl (weatherproof) 100  = $150, 200 =  $175, 300 = $200, + Tax
    Cards Folded and Scored w/ Envelopes (10” x 7” to 5” x 7” Card) 13 pt Enviro Uncoated Stock
    50 =  $140, 100 =  $165, 250 = $245, + Tax
  • Voted to hold for now.

8. Peninsula Streams Coho Release:

  • PIT tagged Coho will be released in March.  PIT tags are very small chips which have been inserted into the bellies of the fry.  There are three electronic arrays in the stream bed that will read the tags as the fish go over them either going out to sea or coming home to spawn in 2-3 years time.  Each tag has a specific number that is recorded so we will know where each of the tagged fish was hatched (Goldstream Hatchery), when and where it was put into Tod Creek and when  it goes out to sea and when it returns.  The arrays are in the creek above Tod Flats, below Tod Flats and at the dam in Gowlland Tod Park.
  • Link to Peninsula Streams web site:

9. Meeting with Elk Beaver Restoration Coordinator: Pat and Winona met with Jill Robinson, the new coordinator for the Elk Beaver Lake Restoration Project in January to share best practices.

9.a) Invasive Species Group sent an application Winona will fill out. They will send us signage re plant transfers [ie on boats, skis, wakeboards, surf boards, etc]  to post at Prospect Lake, Killarney Lake, Durrance Lake and perhaps Maltby Lake].  For more information:

10. South Prospect Lake Broom Pull: We are working with the Green Team to establish a date for the annual South Prospect Lake Broom Pull. on  Saturday April 6th. 

11. Heritage Society AGM for 2018 was held and two new projects have been established: we are working on a book to document the accomplishments of The Friends of Tod Creek Watershed under Mary’s leadership; and are collecting early editions of the Prospector, to be donated to the Saanich Archives. The group has access to copies of the David Gray documentaries on Tod Inlet and Chris will host a viewing at Lana Popham’s office meeting room [time and date to be posted when booked]. David Gray also has published a book with photos collected from the documentary research. The book is on order and if delivered in time will be available at the dvd viewing.

12. Mary Haig Brown Award   Discussion: The committee will meet on March 20.

  • Purpose: To recognize an individual for outstanding service in the restoration and protection of the Tod Creek Watershed.
  • Criteria: Collaborates with and educates others to identify strategies and solutions for the protection and enhancement of the watershed; Demonstrates commitment, consistency and reliability to the projects undertaken by the FTCW; Approaches opportunities and issues with curiosity, integrity and collaboration; Shows initiative through leadership, hands on effort, advocacy, administrative work and/or support of others.

13. Website Update: Lori continues to expand the site and welcomes all input.

14. Maltby Lake Update: Carmel and Woody were unable to attend tonight.