Out in the Field with Watershed Watch
All this sunny weather has been perfect for relaxing at the beach, camping, and other summer adventures! Unfortunately, all this heat also lowers water levels in British Columbia’s streams, and some wild salmon are at risk of being stranded.
Armed with shovels and hip-waders, our keen volunteers have been tackling this issue in some local waterways. In early July, we partnered up with North Shore Streamkeepers to save tiny salmon fry in Lynn Creek by removing excess debris and rebuilding natural stone barriers to promote water flow. In Victoria, we joined Peninsula Streams Society to add spawning gravel and create riffles in Swan Creek for the coho who will soon be returning to spawn.
Our field team has been busy too, travelling all across the Fraser Valley to collect water-quality data in over 100 waterways, with the help of volunteers. We do this work to ensure wild salmon have healthy water to live in, especially in waterways impacted by flood infrastructure. Stay tuned for an update on the results of our monitoring project later this fall.
Wherever your own outdoor adventures take you this summer, we encourage you to take a look at the waterways around you. Dip your toes in – is it hot or cold? Is the water flowing freely? Do you see any pollutants or garbage scattered around?
If you don’t think it’s very “fish-friendly,” take a picture of it and get in touch with your local streamkeepers association.
And if you want to volunteer with us this summer, out in the field or at events, fill out this form.