The original construction of fish habitat at this site was completed in 2000 but it did not provide for optimal fish accessibility or connectivity to the Courtenay River.
We propose to remove the current culvert and replace it with a larger ‘fish friendly’ one installed at a lower elevation. We will also install a pedestrian bridge or another culvert on the opposite side of the pond to connect it back to the river through the slough; creating a new flow through channel. This design concept has been approved by the City of Courtenay and other relevant stakeholders.
We will engage in riparian restoration as part of the project – invasive species will be removed and replaced with native species. Alders will be taken out in some areas for equipment access, and replanted with native conifers. We will add complexity to the off-channel area by deepening areas of the pond, adding rock and large woody debris and building sedge benches. Read more…
Chum, chinook and coho will all benefit from this project through increased access to off-channel refuge and high quality rearing habitat. Trout will also benefit from habitat improvements, as they occupy similar habitats as chinook and coho.
This project will:
- allow more circulation through the site and improve water quality – decrease temperatures and increase oxygen
- lower the elevations so more habitat is wetted for longer periods of time, and more habitat will be exposed to a variety of tidal cycles
- increase the complexity of the habitat so that there will be greater forage opportunities for fish
- provide more access, connectivity, refuge and escape routes to salmon and trout from seal predation (seal predation of both juveniles and adult salmonids is a large problem in the K’ómoks Estuary)
Since the location of this project is in a high use public park with high visibility this will be a great opportunity for education, and community stewardship.