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Water Quality 2010 to Present

Water Quality 2010 to date.xls

Water Quality 2010 to date.xls
Water Quality Testing          
DateTimeWeatherAir Temperatureturbidity/depthWater TemperatureOxygenOxygenpHSite NameWater Quality IndexComments
degrees CNTU or cmdegrees C%mg/l
September 28, 201011:25overcast14.0012.077.4Walnut AveAcceptable 34.0
11:5516.0014.076.6Lori's Diner
12:2516.0015.0136.4HHS Bridge
12:4518.0015.09.66.4"
PinPoint DO Metre
January 14, 201111:45rain5.003.4NR10.76.5Walnut Ave
12:0003.8NR9.66.2Lori's Diner
12:1804.1NR9.66.4HHS Bridge
January 19, 201104:15overcast4.305.18410.67.1Walnut Ave
February 7, 201111:48rain6.507.08410.5NR
March 7, 201102:20sun/scattered clouds8.907.08710.87.4Walnut Ave
"02:40"8.907.28510.37.3Lori's Diner
"03:00"6.806.69311.57.6HHS Bridge
March 7, 201103:20"8.206.8125-12915.98.9NE Lagoon
"03:406.208.1125-12615.310.3SE Lake
"04:05"9.207.288-8910.87.5Walnut Ave
March 9, 201103:50cloudy / intermittent rain & hail6.007.3SE Lake
03:55""0""7.7NE Lagoon
04:30""0""7.2HHS Bridge
04:45""0""7.2Walnut Ave
May 23, 201109:50cloudyNR010.7 C68%7.7 mg/L6.8Lori's DinerMarginal 26.7fishin' w Jill
11:30""013.2 C62%7.3 mg/L7.0HHS Bridge
11:55""011.8 C69%7.5 mg/L6.9Walnut Ave
August 25, 201110:15sunny20.0016.320%2.0 mg/L6.3Walnut Ave
"11:30"20.0017.6 C9%-25%- 46%1.1 -3.5 mg/L 6.7HHS Bridge
"12:00"15.8 (under bridge)0?14.5 C37%3.8 mg/L6.8Lori's Dinersite accessed underbridge
January 9, 201210:30cloudy10 C06.9 C76%9.3 mg/L6.3Walnut Avevery clear water
"11:00"10 C07.3 C79%9.8 mg/L6.5Lori's Dinersite accessed underbridge
"11:15"10 C07.5 C84%10.3 mg/L6.7HHS Bridgeturbidity not as clear as Walnut
March 19, 201211:50sunny8 C06.8 C91%11.3 mg/L6.9Walnut AveGood 42.8
"11:00"""5.7 C89%11.0 mg/L7.3Lori's Diner
"11:20"""6.9 C92%11.4 mg/L7.4HHS Bridge
August 27, 201211:45sunny26 C017.0 C70%5.7mg/L6.7Walnut Aveno rain all of August
"12:19""25 cm15.2C41%3.8 mg/L6.9Lori's dinersite accessed underbridge
"12:04""017.5 C50%4.6 mg/L7.0HHS Bridge
February 5, 201313:10light rain8 C07.3 C90%11.2 mg/L6.8Walnut Avereplaced membrane in DO metre
"13:40"""7.1 C82%10.1 mg/L6.2Lori's diner"
"13:25"""7.7 C86%10.4 mg/L6.8HHS Bridge"
June 3, 201310:30sunny19 C013.9 C50%4.6 mg/Lnot measuredWalnut Avebatteries dead in pH metre
11:00"19 C012.4 C80%7.7 MG/lnot measuredLori's Diner"
10;45"19 c015.3 C88%8.7 MG/lnot measuredHHS Bridge"
July 30, 201303:20scattered clouds22.3018.1 C67%6.3 mg/L6.3Walnut AveAcceptable 31.7new batteries pH metre
17:1022.3~3017.9 C69%6.8 mg/l7.0Lori's Diner"
17:25"22.3019.5 C61%5.4 mg/L7.0HHS Bridge"
November 19, 201310:30overcast, windy8.007.392%13.7 mg/L6.2Walnut Ave
11:00"""7.3120%19.5 mg/L6.5Lori's Diner
11:30"""7.592%11.1 mg/L6.5HHS Bridge
November 25, 201313:25slight overcast9.209.179%9.2 mg/L7.3Walnut AveGood 40.1
"15:45"9.307.885%10.3 mg/L7.3HHS Bridge
November 27, 201314:50overcast08.372%8.9 mg/L7.4Lori's Diner
May 19, 201410:15overcast13.5014.147%5.0 mg/L7.3Walnut Aveacceptable 34.1electrolyte changed
11:40"13.8013.263%6.6 mg/L7.2Lori's Diner
11:00"15.8015.562%6.2 mg/L7.2HHS Bridge
August 18, 201410:30scattered clouds24.0020.346%4.5 mg/L7.2Walnutmarginal 29.6
"11:00"24.0021.268%6.1mg/L6.9HHS Bridge
"11:30"23.5016.246%4.8-5.5 mg/L6.8Lori's Diner
November 17, 201410:15clear, sunny4.805.760%7.3 mg/L7.2Walnutacceptable36.1high water
10:40"5.805.764%8.1 mg/L7.2Lori's Diner"
11:00"5.504.766%8.3 mg/L7.2HHS Bridge"water is not cresting over March 2014 weir
February 16, 201510:20scattered clouds7.008.071%8.3 mg/L6.4Walnutacceptable38.9
10:48"6.707.875%8.9 mg/L6.5Lori's Diner"
11:007.407.673%8.7 mg/L6.9HHS Bridge"
June 1, 201510:20scattered clouds22.0019.149%4.5 mg/L6.9Walnutacceptable 32.2
11:3518.4~1514.344%4.3 mg/L7.2Lori's Dinerparticulate matter DFO Advisor observed
12:0018.6020.2108%9.8 mg/L7.2HHS Bridge
July 9, 201809:45overcast18.21116.06%0.5 mg/L7.1Walnutmarginal 24.6
10:2020.21014.81.80%1.8 mg/L7.0McCombs"Lori's Diner dropped/ replaced with McCombs Bridge
11:1022.0<516.70.60%0.6 mg.L7.0HHS Bridge"
November 5, 201811:20raining10.8<510.959%6.6 mg/L6.6Walnutacceptable 31.7
10:4011.20<511.059%6.5 mg/L6.6McCombs Bridge"
10:1511.8<511.058%6.5 mg/L6.1HHS Bridge
April 5, 201910:30cloudy13.0010.670%8.3 mg/L6.5Walnutgood 40.0
11:15"11.7010.174%8.4 mg/L6.7McCombs Bridge
11:4011.3 010.589%9.9 mg/L7.0HHS Bridgeparticulate matter stuck to pH metre
July 3, 201916.29overcast20.08 NTU
Depth 115 cm
17.539 %3.4 mg/L6.9WalnutMarginal 24.4U10
U0588709
5461379
"15:29"20.10 NTU
Depth 73 cm
16.536%3.6 mg/L7.0McCombsU10
0588874
5461207
'16:00"18.511 NTU
Depth 100 cm
18.521%2.0 mg/L6.9HHS BridgeU10
u0588316
5461615
October 22, 201912:00light rain
windy 6km/h
12.2murky
129 cm depth
10.261%7.0 mg/L6.9Walnut Acceptable 39.9U10
U0588706
5461326
"12:30"11.6bit murky
113 cm depth
10.662%6.9 mg/L6.9McCombs"U10
U0588891
5461207
"15:24overcast
wind 5km/h
12.3bit murky
too swift to measure depth
10.665%7.4 mg/L6.9HHS BridgeU10
U0588283
5461604
June 1, 202014:35scattered clouds
wind 5km/h
16.5 murky, brown colour
cannot see bottom
190 cm
13.032%3.2 mg/L6.69WalnutMarginal 24.4new pH metre
coordinates as stated previously all sites
"14:15"19.8as above 150 cm 12.730%3.1 mg/L6.80McCombs
"15:05" 18.8as above 114 cm14.732%3.2 mg/L6.85HHS Bridge
August 12, 202012:48scattered clouds / wind 5km/h20.5 murky, brown 40 cm 16.8 30%2.9 mg/L6.81WalnutMarginal 23.7"U10
U0588706
5461326"

"U10
U0588283
5461604"
"12:21"20.5murky, brown 79 cm16.731%2.8 mg/L6.74McCombs "U10
U0588891
5461207"
"13:24"20.6murky, brown 56 cm17.520%2.0 mg/L6.71HHS Bridge"U10
U0588283
5461604"
November 30, 202011:35clear, sunny / wind 5km/h9.1see to bottom / 32 cm6.371%8.9 mg/L9.91WalnutGood 40.1
"11:55"9.1see to bottom / 30 cm6.175%9.1 mg /L6.88McCombs
" 10:25"7.0see to bottom / 54 cm5.981%10.1 mg/L6.88HHS Bridge
DateTimeWeatherAir Temperature CTurbidity/DepthWater Temperature COxygen %Oxygen mg/LpHSite NameWater Quality IndexComments
April 6, 202114:45


High overcast, sunny periods
16.4


see to bottom / 3510.496%


10.7 mg/L


7.14


WalnutGood 42.8new membranes DO Metre / coordinates previously stated
"15:1515.1" / 4010.495%10.7 mg/L7.18McCombs
"15:4517.4"/ 30 12.4129%13.5 mg/L7.35HHS Bridge

Oxygen

Native Plant List

P1050720Indian Plum with Fruit

P1050726

Mock Orange in Bloom

Thimble Berry (Rubus parviflorus)

Thimble Berry (Rubus parviflorus)

PSF Grant 2014

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PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION – COMMUNITY SALMON PROGRAM

planting Nov.3'14 003

   Recipient:

Miami River Streamkeepers Society

           Grant Value:  $6532.00
        Project Value:  $29,857.00
               Start Date:  July 2014
                 End Date:  Spring 2015

Objectives Achieved:

  • Riparian Planting And Invasive Plant Removal: 1200 m2 of streamside native shrub planting
  • Install 3-Interpretive Signs: Aquatic Wildlife, Trail Map, Miami River Greenway Project Supporters
  • Promote Community Awareness Of Living Responsibly Near Riparian Areas: Storm drain marking / Door hangers with Harrison Hot Springs Preschool & Childcare
  • Salmonids in the Classroom: Harrison Elementary School to raise 50 Coho fry and release in Spring 2015
  • Monitoring: Survival of new native plantings / Quarterly Water Quality Survey
  • Public Participation:  Health & Wellness Fair / Earth  Day/ Know Your Garden / Canada Day Parade / Harrison Lagoon & Foreshore Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup / Public Planting

Northwestern Salamander

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Northwestern Salamander

Northwestern Salamander

The Northwestern Salamander is a stout, 5 1/2 to 8-inch long uniform dark brown to black, amphibian (cold-blooded animal that start life in water & later transform to a terrestrial form) with a oval tail flattened towards the end. It has strong , well-developed legs and prominent parotoid (swollen area behind eye). Salamanders are voiceless.

It is found mainly in south-western BC. Eggs are laid in February to May in jelly-like masses about the size of a elongated grapefruit. The larvae hatch in about a month and stay in the water about a year. Some metamorphose (change into adult form) in the second summer but others remain in the larval stage indefinitely (neoteny) and breed without gaining adult form.

In the aquatic form they eat voraciously preying on all other living things small enough to swallow. On land look for them under leave litter.

Western Toad

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Western Toad

Western Toad

The Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas) (formerly Northwestern toad – Bufo boreas) is a stout, squat 2-5 inch amphibian of the west found from Alaska to northern California. It has shorter front than hind leg. The skin is rough with large warts. Colour is variable from dark brown to reddish brown background with lighter warts.

Adults congegrate in early Spring along margins of wetlands and lakes to spawn. The male calls with a high pitched note. The eggs are laid in long strings in shallow water. Jet-black tadpoles hatch in a few days and gather in large swarms. Growth is rapid and they exit water at 1/2 inch long to migrate to near by woods. Highway crossing prove dangerous and many toadlets are squashed.  Ryder Lake road is a well known hazard.

Adult toads wander considerable distance form water and can be found foraging at dusk for insects and other small creeping organisms.  At dawn they retire to damp holes and shaded spots.  Look for them along the Miami greenway riparian area.  Western Toads are a species of conservation concern.

Species of Conservation Concern

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Species of Conservative Concern are those whose numbers and well-being is in question. Their status is assigned by various agencies including the  BC Ministry of Environment,  Canada’s Species at Risk Act(SARA)  and by the Committee on the status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. (COSEWIC)

Great Blue Heron

Peregrine Falcon

Bandtailed Pigeon

Lewis’s Woodpecker

Barn Swallow

Red-legged Frog

Western Toad

Oregon Forest Snail

Pacific Water Shrew

Salish Sucker

Links:

Fraser Valley Species at Risk

BC Species & Ecosystem Explorer

Miami River Aquatic Sampling 2013

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Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat Trout

The Miami River was sampled from McCallum road to Harrison Lake. Sampling occurred over two weeks in May and two weeks in July. Fish were trapped using ‘Feddes’ traps that were set overnight and baited with cat food. Traps were set approximately 150m apart extending almost the entire length of the Miami River.

Fish Species Count
Salish sucker 178
Coho (fry/smolt) 152
Chinook (fry/smolt) 19
Cutthroat trout 27
Rainbow Trout 4
Large Scale sucker 1
Northern Pikeminnow 127
Red-side shiner 1742
Prickly sculpin 6
Three-spine stickleback 651
Pumpkin seed 102
Fathead minnow 76
Brown bullhead 7
Red-legged frog 26
Rough-skinned newt 6
Northwestern Salamander 16
Green frog 13
Crayfish 20
 Total 3173

Agassiz Slough and Miami River Aquatic Sampling 2012

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Letter to the Editor Agassiz-Harrison-Hope Observer Summer 2012

Jill Miners, Agassiz

For the past four months I have had the opportunity to study the Agassiz Slough and Miami River watersheds as part of my Masters thesis at UBC. Part of my project is to estimate the population size of the endangered Salish sucker and also look at other fish presence and abundance. In Agassiz Slough I set traps from outside the dyke, all along Tuttyens road and along McDonald road. The Miami River was trapped from McCallum road to the floodgates.       In total I caught almost 800 fishes and 40 amphibians in Agassiz Slough and nearly 4000 fishes and 20 amphibians in Miami River, including juvenile salmon and adult trout. I identified about 20 different species in each watershed. The table below highlights some of the interesting species and abundance from each watershed. So next time you wander by or along your local watershed watch to see if you can see fish jumping.

Salish Sucker

Salish Sucker

 

Salish Sucker Agassiz Slough = 197
Miami River = 134
Coho and Chinook Salmon
fry and smolt
Agassiz Slough = 2 (last year I found 30)
Miami River = 632
Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout Agassiz Slough = 24
Miami River = 23
Large-scale Sucker Agassiz Slough = 6
Miami River = 14
 Red side shiner Agassiz Slough = 194
Miami River = 2175
Three-spine Stickleback Agassiz Slough = 246
Miami River = 708
 Roughskin Newt
and other amphibians
Agassiz Slough = 40
Miami River = 20
Coho Salmon

Coho Salmon