Category Archives: Streamkeeping

SEHAB Site Visit to Bonaparte Fishway

SEHAB site visit to see the repairs being done to the damaged Bonaparte Fishway in the BC interior.

Quite the project in a difficult area to access and work in! The fishway enables passage for fish to about 120 kilometers of river upstream of these rapids.

SEHAB is the Salmonid Enhancement and Habitat Advisory Board to Fisheries and Oceans Canada. These volunteers meet three times a year to gather comments and advice from stewardship groups across BC and share them with DFO Regional HQ.

sehab site visit bonaparte fishway bc

Poor BC Forestry Practices Damage Streams, Communities

These Google Earth images are of the approximate area in BC (near Logan Lake) that I saw in a recent presentation. When you think of the impacts of losing all that forest cover on watersheds and downstream communities. . .

Same area, one shot from 1984 the other 2016.

before and after logging air photos BC

The presenter was adamant that flooding in interior communities was not mostly due to climate change as some claim, but mostly due to poor forestry practices.

When you take all the trees, there’s no transpiration of precipitation, and nothing to slow down runoff.

Yes we need forestry jobs, but this does not appear to be a good way to save either the environment or the economy.

SEHAB site visit to Tsútswecw Provincial Park (Roderick Haig-Brown)

SEHAB site visit to Tsútswecw Provincial Park (Roderick Haig-Brown) today. Thanks to Dave Smith and others for meeting us there and doing a walkabout.

SEHAB is the Salmonid Enhancement and Habitat Advisory Board to Fisheries and Oceans. These volunteers meet three times a year to gather comments and advice from stewardship groups across BC and share them with DFO Regional HQ.

SEHAB site visit to Tsútswecw Provincial Park Roderick Haig-Brown

SEHAB Meetings on Fishy Issues in Kamloops, BC

I’ve been an alternate and full board member of the Salmonid Enhancement and Habitat Advisory Board to the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans for some nine years now.

We meet three times year, and board members collect and share information from stewardship groups from across British Columbia. We have expert speakers in, and tour local habitat restoration sites, dams, fish ladders, etc.

We distill all that information, positive and negative,  and report to senior DFO management at Pacific Regional HQ.

Here are a few shots from our latest meeting in Kamloops, BC:

SEHAB meeting Kamloops

BC Hydro Byrne Creek Site Meeting > 2-Hour Tour!

BC Hydro approached Byrne Creek Streamkeepers to get a creek orientation.

Folks were so enthusiastic about exploring the creek and ravine today that a 15-minute site meeting turned into a two-hour ramble! 

Hydro staff are planning a watershed display and activities during the Rivers Day week in September, and BCSS volunteers will set up our booth and information display at the Hydro building, and perhaps lead a creek tour or two.

bc hydro byrne creek tour

We came across this huge banana slug:

banana slug