Coastline Restoration in Fanny Bay
Director Dan Bowen and volunteer Don Mitchell enjoying the digging and planting
Hard at work saltmarsh planting
Fence up! Gotta keep those geese and grazers from eating all the baby plants. From Right to Left- Dan George, Stuart Swain and Young Nguyen
During this planting, our Project Manager & Estuary Coordinator, Jennifer Sutherst, conducted field research to evaluate two planting techniques in two adjacent areas. The first technique is the more common method, with single plants spaced in a 30-cm radius from each other. The second technique was guided by recent restoration research, which indicates that saltmarsh plants may survive better by being planted in groups. To this end groups of three individual plants were placed together in a single hole. These were within a one-meter radius from the next group. By performing this hands-on field research, we will be able to compare the survival rate between the two planting techniques with the aim of increasing the survival of our saltmarsh plants.
In addition, the Project Watershed board and staff also ensured everyone’s health and safety by going over our safety protocols first thing in the morning. These guidelines also include the recently developed COVID-19 safety precautions put in place by our Field and Research Assistant, Virginia East. We made sure that everyone had a good time while maintaining their physical distance. The project was initially planned to be finished in five to six days. However, our enthusiastic volunteers and staff were enjoying the planting and the beautiful weather so much, it only took three days to finish. We will continue to monitor this saltmarsh planted at Fanny Bay and will post updates on its status very soon.
Having fun in the sun
The Kus-kus-sum project aims to unpave and restore an industrial sawmill site to natural habitat on the banks of an important fish bearing stream in the Comox Valley. As milling took place on the site for about 60 years there is a concern that it is contaminated with chemicals associated with the sawmill industry. In addition to this, the site was filled with a variety of materials (tires, beds etc…) to raise and level the area for sawmill operations.
This video follows a forage fish field day, from sampling to the counting of eggs, in the late fall of 2019.
This Annual Report summarizes Project Watershed`s activities over the 2019 – 2020 period.
While many citizen science groups have begun conducting spring/summer forage fish spawning surveys, we still need a few more volunteers to cover some of the beaches in our area. Specifically we need volunteers for Quadra Island and Campbell River.
One of our wonderful supporters is sewing face masks and donating the proceeds to Kus-kus-sum. They are quality hand made cotton masks with a filter pocket and non-woven filter provided, pleated front, and a wire inserted over the nose piece for a better fit.
On June 30, the students and instructors of Toshikan Traditional Karate and Kobudo, in Courtenay, completed 108 kata (kata is a series of self-defence techniques combined in a traditional form) as fundraiser for the Kus-Kus-Sum project, in appreciation of Project Watershed’s good work for natural habitat of the valley and the estuary.
A variety of native plants, shrubs and trees will be established at Kus-kus-sum as part of the restoration process. This will not only provide food, shelter and habitat for fish and wildlife but also help mitigate climate change. Check out this video to find out more.
Project Watershed’s Kus-kus-sum project is important for supporting the broader Salish Sea Ecosystem. The project will restore habitat for fish and wildlife, attenuate flooding, and create habitat connectivity to adjacent conservation lands in the estuary. Kus-kus-sum provides habitat for mobile species, such as salmon, that utilize the broader Salish Sea ecosystem in their lives.