The 2018 AGM for Millard-Piercy Watershed Stewards will take place Thursday, November 15 starting at 7pm in the Common House of Creekside Commons located at 2202 Lambert Drive, Courtenay.

Guest speaker, Paul de Greeff, will make a presentation entitled “Green Infrastructure in Victoria—Making Headway”. Paul is a Registered Landscape Architect based in Victoria. His firm, Murdoch de Greeff Landscape Architects, specializes in site analysis, landscape planning and site-adaptive design. They have completed LEED platinum development projects and worked with municipalities on award-winning innovative infrastructure projects. Paul holds an Adjunct Professor position at UBC and has taught courses in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and currently teaches in the Urban Forestry program. He also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at University of Victoria in the Restoration of Natural Resources program. His background in geomorphology, horticulture and mine reclamation affords him a unique perspective in urban systems restoration.

There will also be a brief review of our projects undertaken over the past year, as well as election of the 2018/2019 board. 

The main programs that MPWS undertakes are:  

-water quality testing at various point throughout the watershed at selected times of the year
-counting of coho salmon smolts each spring at three sites: Millard mainstem below Highway 19A, Tributary 1 of Piercy Creek and an enhanced side channel of Millard Creek
-surveying the watershed for adult spawning salmon each fall
-occasional rescuing of juvenile salmon when Piercy Ceek dries up in summer
-planting streamside vegetation as needed
-design and distribution of two brochures to educate the public on salmon life histories and the need for habitat protection
-guided public walks along the pathway beside lower Millard Creek
-reviewing referrals on proposed developments and liasing with City of Courtenay staff
-recent habitat enhancement projects include construction of a salmon spawning and rearing channel in Tributary 1 in 2015 and a similar project in Piercy Creek mainstem in 2017.

The public are welcome to attend both the presentation and the AGM meeting.

 

Robin Harrison

President, Millard-Piercy Watershed Stewards