Technician Report – Tuesday, November 9th
This time of year the sedge plants get less vibrant and covered in algae, but they are still green and healthy. Because we planted the sedge in rows, we could clearly see that no plants have perished yet this year.
While checking on the sedge, our team noticed some of the fencing had come loose at the site. The fence was repaired and reinforced. Keeping this fencing operational is important to prevent browsing from geese. So far, it is working well as no signs of grazing were seen on the plantings.
On the bank, our grass planting is being encroached upon by reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea). Although much of the reed canary grass was pulled earlier in the year, fragments of the root system called rhizomes can break off in the soil and regrow the plants. A team will be heading back to continue reed canary grass removal at this site in the future.
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.
Wow 40 plus amazing, citizen scientists supported the forage fish project this season. They covered almost 30 beaches between Hornby Island, the Comox Valley, Campbell River, and Cortes Island.
Below is an interactive timeline of the events regarding the gensis of Project Watershed's Kus-kus-sum Project. Hover over each salmon icon to learn more about what happened that year.Related Posts
We got a first look at how a restored Kus-kus-sum will operate during storms and king tides this winter. It was exciting to see the high tides move over the steel wall and inundate the site.
Approximately 4,000 native plants were planted at the Kus-kus-sum site over six days this October! THANK YOU to the 160 volunteers who contributed to planting, mulching and watering during this time – we would not have been able to accomplish this without you.