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6 Nov 2019

Friends of Tod Creek Watershed

Agenda: November 6@ 7:30pm
Mission: to protect and enhance the integrity and biodiversity of the Tod Creek Watershed.
Thank you to Pat for hosting our meeting.

Attendance: Anne Allen, Audrey Barnes, Bernie Bowker, Pat Carfra, Ian Duncan, Mary Haig-Brown, Winona Pugh, Chris Weiczorek [from Lana Popham’s office], Sherron MacPherson, Carmel Thomson, Michael Derry and Lori James Derry

Regrets: Joanne Delage
1. Adoption of Agenda: passed;
2. Adoption of Meeting Notes: passed;
3. Treasurers Report:  Account total for July aprox $400.00 [Treasurer not at meeting];
4. Announcements:

a. VI Technology Park Open House Wednesday November 6, 7 -9 pm: Vi Tech is owned by UVic, Audrey Barnes & Ian Duncan attended and gave a short synopsis [Ian will supply the name of the architect here: — ];

b. Saanich Parks and Climate Change – Richard Hebda Wednesday November 13, 7 pm, Cedar Hill Golf Clubhouse: Good turnout by FTCW [Mary, Bernie, Ian, Anne, Pat, Winona, Michael & Lori] for an interesting and entertaining presentation on Dr Hebda’s Areas of Interest: “Impacts of climate change on ecosystems; Restoration of natural systems and processes; Timing and extent of the last ice age; and Specialty: Vegetation and climate history of BC” ;

c. Dam Safety Management Workshop in Duncan Nov 13, information at   https://www.todcreekwatershed.ca/announcements  Mary and Bernie will attend and share info at the Jan meeting;

d. Traffic Planning Discussion: Wednesday November 13, 7 pm Prospect Lake Community Hall. For ongoing updates:

For ongoing updates:

https://www.saanich.ca/EN/main/local-government/departments/engineering-department/current-projects.html

e. Saanich Inlet Round Table , Thursday November14, 2 – 4pm, SHOAL Center

  • Agenda topics: Judith Cullington, Facilitator
  • Contaminated Soil Remediation Site ( Calvin Cook, Nelson Environmental Remediation)
  • Brentwood Bay License of Operation Update (Central Saanich)
  • Micro plastics in the Waters Around Vancouver Island (Matt Miller, University of Victoria)
  • Pacific Roe Herring Industry (John mason Institute of Ocean Sciences)
  • MP and MLA Updates

f. CRD Solid Waste Management Plan Open House – Thursday November 21, 4 -8 pm, Greek Community Hall. Link to the page with all the information:    https://www.crd.bc.ca/project/management-plan

g. Colquitz River: Winona proposed a hike, with good interest. TBA: a Sat or Sunday at the end of Nov.

For a look at what’s. happening in Colquitz River, follow the link below to “Our Backyard” Fall edition:

https://www.saanich.ca/assets/Community/Documents/Planning/OurBackyardFall2019Web.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2RYvMnJSg_rZZ3hdEYs4trzU8w2t-v30ELsYewFPwGo9gM8Tej8JXRmRs

5. Previous Business:

a. BC Lake Stewardship AGMNew grants and government contracts have stabilized the financial situation for BLSS and the organization has been able to re-establish Lake keepers courses, the annual conference and lake monitoring support;

b. The Land Conservancy AGMThe TLC is debt free and has moved forward with the acquisition of the Clearwater wildlife corridor , the Pugh covenant and the Deertrails Nature program. A possible partnership with the Greenbelt Society will allow TLC to move offices to Mary Lake;

c. Mary Haig Brown Recognition Award  – nomination suggestions will be reviewed in January;

d.  We have an opportunity to partner with Invasive Species Council of BC on the removal of yellow flag iris in the watershed. The partnership could provide supplies equipment and educational materials for removal projects. Considering Tod Flats;

e. Bat house building workshop. Best time to put up a house is by April, date to be decided. Ian Duncan will lead the workshop and will let us know the dates, likely Jan or Feb 2020;

f. David Gray documentaries – we continue to plan for the showing of The Hidden Sikhs and Beyond the Gardens Walls during Heritage Week in February. Ian Duncan is making copies for a possible viewing at Lana Popham’s Constituency Office meeting room;

g. Rivers Day, September 22 – the walk along the Colquitz was postponed to allow volunteers to work on the yellow flag iris at Maltby Lake. The Peninsula Streams event was very successful. A new date for the Colquitz walk will be decided, see above Item # 4.b;

 h. The annual Aquatic Plant survey was conducted on Monday September 16.   Thank you to Joanne and Ron for providing the transportation, Lori for the photography, Mary for the plant identification and sorting, and Carolyn for plant identification and recording (and Keta for navigation);

i. Saanich Environmental Policy Framework –Tree Protection bylaw under review.

Carmel attended and states most of the framework went forward.

https://www.saanich.ca/EN/main/community/natural-environment/trees/tree-protection-bylaw.html

6. Projects:

a. Bus tour of the Watershed? Considering in the spring 2020, with Peninsula Streams, Mary will arrange;

b. Tod Creek Flats: Mary has meet with Lana Popham re: ‘wetlands in ALR’ and ‘how can the Flats be designated a wetland?’ re protection.

Wetlands are a recognized non-farm use of farmland, but are not eligible for a tax credit.  To read the Tod Creek Flats Vision 2020, go to: https://www.todcreekwatershed.ca/tod-creek-flats-vision-2020

c. Whitehead Park: Mary and Audrey continue to work on the naturescaping and would like some help. Rick Hatch will provide some staff occasionally but volunteers are needed. A plant request list is being prepared for Saanich and help will be needed when the plants arrive;

d. Watershed Management Plan: Salmonid Enhancement Program (SEP) Tod Creek Enhancement Plan Spring 2020 Release Strategy: “It is expected that a significant proportion of the releases will occur in the upper watershed.” Chris will ascertain who is monitoring lake data re blue-green algae;

e. Peninsula Streams: Fundraiser Nov 9th is sold out and sponsorship and auction items are excellent. Go to Peninsula Streams facebook page for photos of the event;

f. Website: a work in progress. Photos are regularly added, as is text, announcements and  currently some two-page spreads from the new book Tod Creek Watershed Connections [on the Local Publications page];

g. Heritage Society: Completing collection of Prospector newsletters. Both Saanich Archives and RBCM have expressed interest in the collection. Audrey has done an amazing job of developing a summary list of issues and content;

h. Maltby Lake: https://maltbylake.com/updates-2/  Carmel has more updates TBA.

7. New Business:

The Plot Market Garden has produced a small photo book including the commentary:

“Follow us on Instagram @THEPLOTMARKETGARDEN

The Plot is a micro farm on the forest edge in Saanich BC with a focus on artisan greens and baby root vegetables. Using Sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices, the farm strives for consistently high quality produce for locals and chefs.

You can find our produce at: House of Boateng; Artisan Bistro; Artisan Cafe; Toque Catering; Charlotte & The Quail; Red Barn on West Saanich; Porto Osteria; and Nourish.”

8. Next Meeting:  January 8, 2020 at Audrey’s 

4 Sept 2019

Friends of Tod Creek Watershed

Agenda: September 4th @ 7:30pm

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

Thank you to  Mary and Bernie for hosting our meeting.

Attendance: Pat Carfra, Ian Duncan, Anne Allen, Audrey Barnes, Bernie Bowker, Mary Haig-Brown, Winona Pugh, Lori James Derry

Regrets: Janet Williams, Garth van der Kamp, Sherron MacPherson, Carmel Thomson, Joanne Delage

1. Adoption of Agenda: passed

2. Adoption of Meeting Notes: passed

3. Treasurers Report:  Account total for July $465.94.  

4. Announcements:

a. BC Lake Stewardship AGM – This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 19 at 12:00 (PDT).
Similar to other years, the AGM will be held via conference call.  The meeting will run for approximately 45 – 60 minutes.

* Anyone can sign in, Winona can tell you how;

b. The Land Conservancy AGM will be held Saturday September 21 from 1 -4 pm  at Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary located at 1772 Millstream Road in the District of the Highlands.

http://conservancy.bc.ca/2019/06/youre-invited-to-tlcs-2019-annual-general-meeting/

c. The Rock Bay Creek Revival group is hosting a Community Watershed Celebration event on World Rivers Day, Sept 21, 2019, 1 – 4pm at Alexander Park (1333 Walnut St, Victoria).

Any questions: dorothy field <dotter@seaside.net>

Link to poster: https://www.todcreekwatershed.ca/announcements

d. Saanich Emergency Program:  https://www.todcreekwatershed.ca/announcements

e. Waterhouse Property Work Party:  see link directly above: Announcements Page

5. Previous Business: 

a. Mary Haig Brown Recognition Award  – nomination suggestions will be reviewed in January

b. We hosted 16 Quebec Exchange students for a work party at  Whitehead Park on Wednesday July 24 from 7- 9. Ivy, Blackberry and Lamium were removed

c. Partnership with Invasive Species Council of BC on Clean, Drain and Dry educational project in place.

Through Saanich Parks we have placed Clean Drain Dry signs at Estelline, Whitehead Park and the Boat Launch on Prospect Lake. Promotional material including floating key chains and stickers are available. Small FTCW logo stickers have been made to add to the signs and are available for other uses

d.  We have an opportunity to partner with Invasive Species Council of BC on the removal of yellow flag iris in the watershed. The partnership could provide supplies equipment and educational materials for removal projects. Considering Tod Flats.

e. Ian and Anne have offered to lead a bat house building workshop. Best time to put up a house is by April, date to be announced 

h. David Gray documentaries  we would like to plan a showing during Heritage Week in February. We will try to book the conference room at Lana Popham’s office; plus, Gwen Curry will do a reading from her new book.

6. New Business: 

a. Rivers Day is September 22

A suggested event is a walk along the Colquitz from Lindsay to see the work done this summer on the banks near Copley park and on to Panama Flats. Meet on Sunday Sept 22nd @ 10:00 am at Whitehead Park to car pool;

  b. The annual Aquatic Plant survey will be Monday September 16.  Dr Rick Nordin will not be attending this time; joining us will be Jill Robinson and Carolyn Richmond from Saanich.

  c. Monthly water quality and flow measurements to be planned for September.

The following information is from Garth van der Kamp:

I have taken staff gauge readings of the Prospect Lake at Goward Road bridge and estimated the outflow from the  Lake to Tod Creek at Lohr road. Allowing for rainfall on the lake surface, the lake loses water by evaporation at an average rate of about 3.7 mm/day, or 30 Liters/sec. This rate of water loss by evaporation is 10 to 20 times larger than the outflow to Tod Creek which is less than 1 L/sec by the end of August. In other words, the decline of the lake level during the summer is almost entirely due to evaporation from the lake. In principle the outflow to Tod Creek, past the weir, could be increased considerably during later summer without noticeable effect on the lake level.

c.1 Poster re Dam Safety Management Workshop in Duncan this Nov 13th: https://www.todcreekwatershed.ca/announcements

 d. Saanich Environmental Policy Framework –Tree Protection bylaw under review. 

https://www.todcreekwatershed.ca/2019-reports

e. Should we plan another bus tour of the Watershed? Considering in the spring 2020, with Peninsula Streams.

7. Projects

a. Tod Creek Flats: Mary is meeting with Adam Olsen and Lana Popham re: ‘wetlands in ALR’ and ‘how can the Flats be designated a wetland?’ re protection.

b. Whitehead Park: Audrey is tackling the thistles; Saanich wants a plant list, which Mary will write up; and the group is visiting Saanich Native Plants on Friday 13th, where we can also get advice.

 c. Watershed Management Plan: Fisheries Enhancement Plan stated: ‘by 2020, they would be putting coho into Meadowbrook Stream’

 d. Peninsula Streams: Fundraiser Nov 13th tables are almost sold out [91% as of last week]

 e. Website: a work in progress

 f. Heritage Society: we held our AGM at the Parsell Vineyard Winery & Tasting Room at 2838 Lamont Road, Saanichton.  https://www.parsellvineyard.com

“Parsell Vineyards produces natural wines from estate vineyards. Farming regeneratively, without pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. No sulphite added wines available. Red, wine, & sparkling wine. Open for tastings Wed – Sun from 12 pm to 5 pm.”

 g. Maltby Lake: as Carmel couldn’t attend, we didn’t get an update.   https://maltbylake.com/updates-2/

7. Next Meeting:  Nov 6th @ 7:30 pm at Pat Carfra’s

 

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   http://tandw.metchosinbiodiversity.com

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:   https://www.todcreekwatershed.ca/mary-haig-brown-recognition-award

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.

https://www.todcreekwatershed.ca/kids-page

* 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:      http://lakepulse.ca  

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

http://www.cowichanlandtrust.ca

 

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