Photo: Volunteers planting willow stakes on large gravel bar in upper Tsolum River watershed in September 2018.

 

The Tsolum River Restoration Society’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Dove Creek Hall, located at 3400 Burns Road, Courtenay from 1 – 3:30 PM.  Special guest speaker will be Ted Sweeten from the Pacific Biological Station who will be speaking on

“Thermal  Limits in Salmon and  how does the Tsolum River rate?”  Ted has over 30 years experience working on environmental fish physiology with a specialization in salmon incubation and water quality.  Ted has extensive knowledge on the history of the copper problem in the Tsolum and the effects of high water temperatures on salmonids. 

At the AGM, Tsolum River Restoration Society will share information on activities completed in 2018 along with an update on what we are planning for 2019. Some of our project highlights in 2018 include building a bedload trap in Dove Creek which serves to intercept and collect excessive bed material (cobble and gravel) as it moves down Dove Creek.  Our second big project in 2018 was planting of a 3,000 square metre gravel bar on the upper Tsolum using live willow cuttings.  Planting gravel bars helps to stabilize channels in the long term using a process called bio-engineering. 

We are gearing up for our annual out-migration work where we count smolts and fry as they leave the Tsolum River, as well as Finlay and Portuguese Creek.  In addition to year round monitoring of fish populations, we are embarking on a water temperature and flow monitoring study in the lower Tsolum working with the BCIT Rivers Institute and SFU scientists.   

If you are interested in learning more about our Society, our restoration plans for 2019, or how to become actively involved as a member or volunteer, come to our AGM.  Everyone is welcome, and snacks and refreshments will be provided.  For more information call 250-897-4670, or email us at  tsolumriver@shaw.ca.  We are always looking for new volunteers to help at public events and projects; you can find a volunteer sign up form on our website at www.tsolumriver.org .

 

Caroline Heim, RP Bio.

Program Coordinator, Tsolum River Restoration Society