Stakeholder Engagement Workshop
Project Watershed was recently invited to a stakeholder engagement workshop for the Province of BC’s new Coastal Marine Strategy Intentions Paper. The intentions paper is the first step in creating a Coastal Marine Strategy which aims to guide coastal management within the Province. This strategy “aims to improve stewardship and protection of marine and coastal areas” (British Columbia, 2022). The intentions paper, which was co-developed with First Nations across BC, is available online for review: Coastal-Marine-Strategy-Intentions-Paper.pdf (gov.bc.ca). If you’re short on time, there’s also a summary available: Microsoft PowerPoint – CMS Intentions Paper Summary_FINAL (gov.bc.ca). As a part of this process, the public is also welcomed and encouraged to give feedback on the marine coastal strategy intentions papers. You can do so through a feedback questionnaire or through a written submission. The feedback period is open until April 14th at 4pm PST.
As a part of the engagement sessions, Project Watershed highlighted the importance of supporting local communities in stewarding their regions, collaborating and partnering with many and diverse stakeholders and rightholders, and integrating climate change and climate change resiliency into all strategies. We also recognized the importance of skills-development, supporting a stewardship-based economy, and youth mentorship.
Earthworks Continue at Kus-kus-sum
While the Kus-kus-sum site is already beginning to come into its own, there is still much work to be done. Just over one third of the area was recontoured and planted last year in 2022. Project Watershed aims to recontour and replant the remainder of the site this summer and fall, if funding allows. The key works you will see on site this year include recontouring and regrading, habitat complexing, and native species planting.
Kus-kus-sum Restoration Overview
The restoration will occur in 3 phases. Click below to read more about each phase and scroll down to see a visual representation of the site features found on the restored Kus-kus-sum site. During Phase...
Forage Fish Map
Project Watershed has been surveying beaches for the presence of forage fish and forage fish eggs. The location of the beaches we surveyed last season are shown below. You can hover over each location to see if eggs were found.
Forage Fish Spring Forum April 26
Announcing the 2023 Virtual BC Forage Fish Monitoring Network Spring Forum! This event is an opportunity for all those interested in the conservation of forage fish in British Columbia to come together and learn about the latest research and updates.
The Importance of Estuarine Environments for Pacific Salmon
Fish monitoring at Hollyhock flats will be starting this summer! We’ve summarized a scientific article explaining what kinds of habitat are important to salmonids.
Kus-kus-sum Site History
A short history of the Kus-kus-sum site from pre-European contact to the present day.