Grand Opening a Huge Success!

There was an excellent turnout to the  Conservation Centre’s Grand Opening event Saturday the 6th.  The event was a collaboration between The Comox Valley Land Trust, Tsolum River Restoration Society, The Comox Valley Conservation Strategy and Project Watershed. Representatives from each of these organizations were on hand to talk about their initiatives and to promote conservation in the Comox Valley.

Visitors had the opportunity to exchange community way dollars, sign a postcard in support of the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy and take a chance on the salmon roulette wheel. Project Watershed was featuring their social enterprise,The Mapping Centre, with interactive mapping stations where you could see the Valley in 3D and have a map printed of your local watershed. There were also lots of activities in the kids zone and door prizes. The groups had a conservation gift shop set up selling art cards, t-shirts, Keeping It Living posters, the conservation calendar, and a beautiful pair of canvas photographs of swans taken by a local photographer Father Charles Brandt. Proceeds from the sale of items in the gift shop go towards protecting and restoring natural areas in the Comox Valley.

The lucky winners of our door prizes were Peter Chandle who won a conservation calendar and Carolyn Walton who won a Watersheds of the Comox Valley map.

The upcoming commuter bike map that The Mapping Centre is producing together with the Broken Spoke was on display as well.  The map will be available soon. If you are interested in sponsoring this map, please contact Mike Collins at the Broken Spoke – – 250-871-2229.

“Overall the day was a huge success with over 100 visitors taking part in our activities. We exchanged $130 of community way and sold many calendars, t-shirts and maps. We thank all of our volunteers from the four organizations who helped make such a great day possible.” says Project Watershed’s Volunteer Coordinator Valeri Diamond. Valeri Diamond’s position is funded in whole or in part through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement.

Conservation Centre Grand Opening – Nov. 6th

Project Watershed is co-hosting a Grand Opening for Comox Valley’s new Conservation Centre 1-4pm, November 6th.

Puntledge River Hatchery Open House – Sun, 17 Oct.

Wetlandkeepers course – Oct. 22nd, 23rd & 24th, 2010

Project Watershed proudly presents our 2nd Wetlandkeepers course for 2010.

Dates: October 22nd, 23rd & 24th (see the event on our calendar)

The fall 2010 Wetlandkeeper course will cover all types of wetlands, including estuaries. During a 2.5 day introduction to wetland stewardship, participants will visit local wetlands, learn how to identify and map wetlands, and conduct plant and bird inventories. 
The course will be taught by Michele Jones (R.P. Bio) and Julie Micksch.
Michele is a registered professional biologist and has had extensive
educational experience working with groups from 10 to 80 years of age. Julie is an experience wildlife biologist and has taught outdoor programs for over 10 years. 

Upon completion of the course participants will be awarded a BCWF Wetlandkeepers certificate

Location: Courtenay Fish & Game Club

Cost: $90.00 + $35.00 * for course handbook.


Discount for Project Watershed Members:
$70.00 + $35.00 * for course handbook (*Participant can download and print the Wetlandkeeper Handbook as an alternative to purchasing.)
Registration Deadline: October 8 , 2010
For more information or course registration contact: 
Go back to the Wetlandkeepers / Streamkeepers page, where you can sign up.  

Salmon Stream Stewardship

Comox Valley Salmon Stream Stewardship Project

Final Report

In 1999 a five-year project, the “Comox Valley Salmon Streams Stewardship Project“, was created within the Sensitive Habitat Stewardship Program operated by Comox Valley Project Watershed Society.

The objectives of the Comox Valley Salmon Stream Stewardship Project flow from the objectives of the Sensitive Habitat Stewardship Program, which are:

  • ~ Sensitive Habitat Surveys: to inventory and verify (ground truth) watercourses, wetlands and other sensitive habitat areas for updates and additions to the digital Comox Valley Sensitive Habitat (CVSH) Atlas, and to provide detailed descriptions of biophysical information that can aid in land use decision-making and watershed planning.
  • ~ Geographic Information System (GIS) Development: to digitize field information and manage data for updates and additions to the digital CVSH Atlas; to centralize watershed information for easier access by the community-at-large; and to raise awareness about sensitive habitat (locations).
  • ~ Community Partnerships: to increase public awareness of and involvement in watershed stewardship; and, in turn, to foster a coordinated effort locally to increase information exchange among partners and to reduce potential land use conflicts.


The salmon streams treated between 1999 and 2005 in the project included: Millard Creek, Piercy Creek, Brooklyn Creek, Glen Urquhart Creek, Mallard Creek, Morrison Creek, Arden Creek, Roy Creek, and Hart/Washer Creek, Perseverance Creek, Beacon Creek, Black Creek, small tributaries of the Puntledge River, Oyster River, Trent River and Pup Creek and Finlay Creek which are tributaries of the Tsolum River.

This project built on landowner contact and sensitive habitat information gathered during the Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping (SHIM) work completed in the Comox Valley between 1998-1999.

Additional objectives developed during the project were to:

  • ~ Enhance our capacity to apply Trimble Pathfinder GPS technology and Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping (SHIM) methods and Coastal Shoreline Inventory Methods (CSHIM) to collect data for community awareness and planning purposes,
  • ~ Continue to acquire and compile watershed information and make it more user-friendly with GIS (Arcview) technology and Internet Information Technology ,
  • ~ Develop more community partnerships with long-term relationships through networking, program development, and providing training and library resources through a “conservation centre” approach,
  • ~ Increase stewardship in the community by integrating volunteers into the mapping and inventory as well as library development work, building their capacity to act as long-term stewards.
  • ~ Assist in the formation of the Community Mapping Network to provide guidance and leadership to communities interested in developing projects and products that increase sensitive habitat stewardship.
  • ~ Integrate our sensitive habitat mapping/ inventory activities, landowner contact and community awareness projects into a one-stop local “Community Conservation Centre” complete with a catalogued library, field equipment loan system, computer terminal access, and Streamkeepers and Wetlandkeepers courses.

Should you need to view the report, and its 2 appendices, please contact us.

Dave Davies from the DFO talks about our estuary.

Dave Davies from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans speaks to Shaw about the Courtenay River Estuary in this short community clip.

(Contact Project Watershed via if you are interested in taking a wetlandkeepers or streamkeepers course.)

Many thanks to Shaw TV for Keeping It Living by sharing this footage.

Michelle Jones – biodiversity in the Courtenay River Estuary

Biologist Michele Jones from Mimulus Biological Consultants speaks to Shaw about the Courtenay River Estuary and its wealth of biodiversity in this short community clip.

(Contact Project Watershed via if you are interested in taking a wetlandkeepers or streamkeepers course.)

Many thanks to Shaw TV for Keeping It Living by sharing this footage.