Technician Report – Tuesday, October 5th
Sedge Fencing ~ Jamie Lund
Lyngbye’s Sedge (Carex lyngbyei) was planted in the Dyke Slough near the culvert that runs under Comox Road. This area had experienced much erosion over the years and was built up by Project Watershed in the Spring of 2021 to enhance fish habitat.
The technician team had to work with the tides as they could only access the mudflat at low tide. First, fencing was installed to protect the area from geese, who are suspected to be overgrazing at the site. Bins of new sedge plants were brought in and planted in rows. This was done to better observe the number of plants and any mortalities that could occur in the future. The plants will eventually grow in and create a sedge mat. This sedge mat is a very important habitat component as it provides refuge, rearing habitat and foraging opportunities for juvenile salmon and other marine species.
When the tide shifted, work moved to the slope adjacent to the estuary. Reed canary grass was pulled from the site. Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) is an invasive species that crowds and shades out new plantings. After removing the Reed canary grass the technicians planted the area with Tufted Hair Grass (Deschampsia cespitosa), a native species which will help stabilize the bank and reduce erosion.
With the help of the Healthy Watersheds Initiative funding Project Watershed has hired environmental technicians to assist with our projects over the summer and early fall. The Healthy Watersheds Initiative is delivered by the Real Estate Foundation of BC and Watersheds BC, with financial support from the Province of British Columbia as part of its $10-billion COVID-19 response. Jamie Lund, one of these technicians, will be posting a brief report every Tuesday to update the Project Watershed community on what they have been up to.
Happy Technician Tuesday! Our team has been busy testing methods for future monitoring protocols at Kus-kus-sum. The goal is to create a system of data collection to measure ecosystem health.
Happy Technician Tuesday! While working around Glen Urquhart stream, our Technician team has experienced numerous encounters with fauna using the site. The presence of wildlife at Glen Urquhart further justifies the need to preserve and restore the area.
Project Watershed and our guests had a wonderful evening at 40 KNOTS on September 11th, 2021. The Keeping It Living Dinner was spectacular.
We are excited to announce that as of the end of September, we finished the removal, crushing and re-purposing of the surface concrete at Kus-kus-sum. All crushed concrete was successfully repurposed offsite to projects throughout the Comox Valley to be used as fill and road base. As we removed the surface material, we uncovered a few areas with additional sub-surface concrete.
We at Project Watershed took the first National Truth & Reconciliation Day, to reflect on our role, as a stewardship organization within the landscape of the Comox Valley, the traditional and unceded territory of our partners, the K’ómoks First Nation.
Happy Technician Tuesday! Earlier this year, our technician team surveyed Glen Urquhart stream to assess its profile for future stream restoration projects. While Glen Urquhart has been highly modified and impacted, salmon and other fish species do utilize it. Improved habitat in this area will directly benefit those species.