Kus-kus-sum/Hollyhock Flats Shoreline Cleanup 2020
Last year we collected around 300 kgs of garbage in this location and it looks like we will have our work cut out for us this year too!
Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and gloves. We will have hand sanitizer and masks available but we encourage you to bring your own. Volunteers will work in small groups. There is no washroom onsite.
We will meet on the Kus-kus-sum site which is located along Comox Road next to the 17th Street Bridge. The gate at the south end of the property, after the old building, will be open. Bikes and cars can be parked on the site during the cleanup.
You can sign up using our sign up form or by logging into the official Shoreline Cleanup site.
Christopher Smith of Glaskrafter Art Glass is generously donating the proceeds from a selection of his beautiful kiln glass salmon sculptures to the Kus-kus-sum project. In fact, he has already donated $1,600 to Kus-kus-sum for a sculpture bought in August.
We were finally able to hold the Paintings, By The Numbers event on Sept 12, 2020. The event raised over $25,000 for Kus-kus-sum and despite the fact that it was very different than we had planned preCOVID, it turned out to be a success.
Nikki Wright from Seachange Marine Conservation Society and Maria Cantazaro from the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) visited our kelp research site at Oyster River and our saltmarsh projects. Maria is a researcher working for the PSF on a report looking at the importance of nearshore, habitat connectivity and estuarine habitat to Pacific salmon.
The World Wildlife Fund has released a variety of resources for both professionals and citizen scientists researching forage fish. This includes a spawning survey guidance document, as well as QEP and Citizen Scientist sampling methodologies and data sheets.
NIC biology students are getting a unique opportunity to help with an important forage fish research project, thanks to a partnership between NIC and Comox Valley Project Watershed.
The Kus-kus-sum project that Project Watershed is spearheading will not only create habitat for fish and wildlife, help mitigate climate, and increase green space, it will also help our community put reconciliation into action.
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.