|Water Quality Testing|
|Date||Time||Weather||Air Temperature||turbidity||Water Temperature||Oxygen||Oxygen||pH||Site Name||Water Quality Index||Comments|
|degrees C||NTU or cm||degrees C||%||mg/l|
|September 28, 2010||11:25||overcast||14.0||0||12.0||7||7.4||Walnut Ave||Acceptable 34.0|
|PinPoint DO Metre|
|January 14, 2011||11:45||rain||5.0||0||3.4||NR||10.7||6.5||Walnut Ave|
|January 19, 2011||04:15||overcast||4.3||0||5.1||84||10.6||7.1||Walnut Ave|
|February 7, 2011||11:48||rain||6.5||0||7.0||84||10.5||NR|
|March 7, 2011||02:20||sun/scattered clouds||8.9||0||7.0||87||10.8||7.4||Walnut Ave|
|March 7, 2011||03:20||"||8.2||0||6.8||125-129||15.9||8.9||NE Lagoon|
|March 9, 2011||03:50||cloudy / intermittent rain & hail||6.0||0||7.3||SE Lake|
|May 23, 2011||09:50||cloudy||NR||0||10.7 C||68%||7.7 mg/L||6.8||Lori's Diner||Marginal 26.7||fishin' w Jill|
|11:30||"||"||0||13.2 C||62%||7.3 mg/L||7.0||HHS Bridge|
|11:55||"||"||0||11.8 C||69%||7.5 mg/L||6.9||Walnut Ave|
|August 25, 2011||10:15||sunny||20.0||0||16.3||20%||2.0 mg/L||6.3||Walnut Ave|
|"||11:30||"||20.0||0||17.6 C||9%-25%- 46%||1.1 -3.5 mg/L||6.7||HHS Bridge|
|"||12:00||"||15.8 (under bridge)||0?||14.5 C||37%||3.8 mg/L||6.8||Lori's Diner||site accessed underbridge|
|January 9, 2012||10:30||cloudy||10 C||0||6.9 C||76%||9.3 mg/L||6.3||Walnut Ave||very clear water|
|"||11:00||"||10 C||0||7.3 C||79%||9.8 mg/L||6.5||Lori's Diner||site accessed underbridge|
|"||11:15||"||10 C||0||7.5 C||84%||10.3 mg/L||6.7||HHS Bridge||turbidity not as clear as Walnut|
|March 19, 2012||11:50||sunny||8 C||0||6.8 C||91%||11.3 mg/L||6.9||Walnut Ave||Good 42.8|
|"||11:00||"||"||"||5.7 C||89%||11.0 mg/L||7.3||Lori's Diner|
|"||11:20||"||"||"||6.9 C||92%||11.4 mg/L||7.4||HHS Bridge|
|August 27, 2012||11:45||sunny||26 C||0||17.0 C||70%||5.7mg/L||6.7||Walnut Ave||no rain all of August|
|"||12:19||"||"||25 cm||15.2C||41%||3.8 mg/L||6.9||Lori's diner||site accessed underbridge|
|"||12:04||"||"||0||17.5 C||50%||4.6 mg/L||7.0||HHS Bridge|
|February 5, 2013||13:10||light rain||8 C||0||7.3 C||90%||11.2 mg/L||6.8||Walnut Ave||replaced membrane in DO metre|
|"||13:40||"||"||"||7.1 C||82%||10.1 mg/L||6.2||Lori's diner||"|
|"||13:25||"||"||"||7.7 C||86%||10.4 mg/L||6.8||HHS Bridge||"|
|June 3, 2013||10:30||sunny||19 C||0||13.9 C||50%||4.6 mg/L||not measured||Walnut Ave||batteries dead in pH metre|
|11:00||"||19 C||0||12.4 C||80%||7.7 MG/l||not measured||Lori's Diner||"|
|10;45||"||19 c||0||15.3 C||88%||8.7 MG/l||not measured||HHS Bridge||"|
|July 30, 2013||03:20||scattered clouds||22.3||0||18.1 C||67%||6.3 mg/L||6.3||Walnut Ave||Acceptable 31.7||new batteries pH metre|
|17:10||22.3||~30||17.9 C||69%||6.8 mg/l||7.0||Lori's Diner||"|
|17:25||"||22.3||0||19.5 C||61%||5.4 mg/L||7.0||HHS Bridge||"|
|November 19, 2013||10:30||overcast, windy||8.0||0||7.3||92%||13.7 mg/L||6.2||Walnut Ave|
|11:00||"||"||"||7.3||120%||19.5 mg/L||6.5||Lori's Diner|
|11:30||"||"||"||7.5||92%||11.1 mg/L||6.5||HHS Bridge|
|November 25, 2013||13:25||slight overcast||9.2||0||9.1||79%||9.2 mg/L||7.3||Walnut Ave||Good 40.1|
|"||15:45||"||9.3||0||7.8||85%||10.3 mg/L||7.3||HHS Bridge|
|November 27, 2013||14:50||overcast||0||8.3||72%||8.9 mg/L||7.4||Lori's Diner|
|May 19, 2014||10:15||overcast||13.5||0||14.1||47%||5.0 mg/L||7.3||Walnut Ave||acceptable 34.1||electrolyte changed|
|11:40||"||13.8||0||13.2||63%||6.6 mg/L||7.2||Lori's Diner|
|11:00||"||15.8||0||15.5||62%||6.2 mg/L||7.2||HHS Bridge|
|August 18, 2014||10:30||scattered clouds||24.0||0||20.3||46%||4.5 mg/L||7.2||Walnut||marginal 29.6|
|"||11:30||"||23.5||0||16.2||46%||4.8-5.5 mg/L||6.8||Lori's Diner|
|November 17, 2014||10:15||clear, sunny||4.8||0||5.7||60%||7.3 mg/L||7.2||Walnut||acceptable36.1||high water|
|10:40||"||5.8||0||5.7||64%||8.1 mg/L||7.2||Lori's Diner||"|
|11:00||"||5.5||0||4.7||66%||8.3 mg/L||7.2||HHS Bridge||"||water is not cresting over March 2014 weir|
|February 16, 2015||10:20||scattered clouds||7.0||0||8.0||71%||8.3 mg/L||6.4||Walnut||acceptable38.9|
|10:48||"||6.7||0||7.8||75%||8.9 mg/L||6.5||Lori's Diner||"|
|11:00||7.4||0||7.6||73%||8.7 mg/L||6.9||HHS Bridge||"|
|June 1, 2015||10:20||scattered clouds||22.0||0||19.1||49%||4.5 mg/L||6.9||Walnut||acceptable 32.2|
|11:35||18.4||~15||14.3||44%||4.3 mg/L||7.2||Lori's Diner||particulate matter DFO Advisor observed|
|12:00||18.6||0||20.2||108%||9.8 mg/L||7.2||HHS Bridge|
|July 9, 2018||09:45||overcast||18.2||11||16.0||6%||0.5 mg/L||7.1||Walnut||marginal 24.6|
|10:20||20.2||10||14.8||1.80%||1.8 mg/L||7.0||McCombs||"||Lori's Diner dropped/ replaced with McCombs Bridge|
|11:10||22.0||<5||16.7||0.60%||0.6 mg.L||7.0||HHS Bridge||"|
|November 5, 2018||11:20||raining||10.8||<5||10.9||59%||6.6 mg/L||6.6||Walnut||acceptable 31.7|
|10:40||11.2||<5||11.0||59%||6.5 mg/L||6.6||McCombs Bridge||"|
|10:15||11.8||<5||11.0||58%||6.5 mg/L||6.1||HHS Bridge||"|
October 23, 2015
The Miami River Streamkeepers have enjoyed a successful and satisfying year since our last AGM held October 4, 2014. Our Society continues to operate within the framework defined in 2012 when we registered our organization as a non-profit society.
Stewardship of the Miami River and its Riparian Area remains the primary focus of the Society. Weekly “Walk and Weed” activity along the Miami River Greenway allows group members to monitor the progress of shrubs, trees, and aquatics we have planted. Invasive or noxious plants are removed. Problems involving damage to the riparian area or suspected contamination by pollutants are monitored and reported as necessary.
Water Quality Testing is done quarterly at three different sites. When testing at one site showed a lowered Oxygen level, the concern was reported to our DFO (Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans) Community Advisor. He visited our site on June 18th to investigate further. The Oxygenation level returned to normal levels following a drop in the atmospheric temperature.
Public Planting.With funds obtained through successful application for a Pacific Salmon Foundation Program Community Grant our group held a Public Planting event on November 3, 2014. 792 plants were installed in designated areas along the riparian area of the Miami River. This was a collaborative effort and our group had the assistance of the Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition Restoration Crew along with members of the public.
Public Education and Involvement is an important focus for our group. To that end we liaised with our local Elementary School in funding a Salmonids in the Classroom Program this year. Funding was provided through the Pacific Salmon Foundation Grant. Our group made several visits to the Grade 2-3 split class to monitor the progress of the project. In May the students and their teacher, with the Streamkeepers in attendance, released 42 Coho salmon fry into the Miami River. This was a very satisfying and successful venture.
The Society liaised with a local child care centre to allow interested children to assist us in Storm Drain Re-marking and in delivering educational packages to residences along Miami River Drive. Our group participated in several community events, setting up an educational & information display for visitors & local residents to review. Articles from our group are published regularly in our local newspaper. These provide education and awareness of upcoming events to community residents.
A series of Interpretive Signs were designed by our group members and, in collaboration with the Council of the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, these were installed in designated locations along the Miami River Greenway. The signs have greatly enhanced community and visitor awareness of the Miami River, the Riparian Area, and factors important in promoting a healthy bio-diverse environment.
With the assistance of a local resident the MRSS has established a successful web-site which offers information and notification of events to the public.
Once again, our group hosted the local Shoreline Clean-up event at the end of September. We liaised with another community group this year (the Harrison Yacht Club) and had several members of the public attend the event.
A highlight for our group this year was a video of the group’s activities by Shaw TV’s “Go Fraser Valley” production crew. The producer accompanied group members on a “Walk and Weed” activity and interviewed several members. We were able to place links to the video on our new web site so visitors to the site have an opportunity to view it.
A hallmark of our small but dedicated group is our collaboration with numerous agencies and partners. We participate in the Salmon Stronghold Council planning meetings and set up an information booth at the yearly Fraser Valley Eagle & Salmon Festival. We attend the Earth Day educational event at a local church and have our educational booth there. The Invasive Plants Council for Fraser Valley assists us when there are large amounts of invasive plants requiring removal. This is done in conjunction with our local Council & grounds crew for Harrison Hot Springs.
We will be holding our AGM on November 14th, 2015. We look forward to exploring ideas and establishing goals for 2016. We have attracted a few new members to our group and will continue our efforts to interest others in participating.
PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION – COMMUNITY SALMON PROGRAM
Grant Value: $6532.00
Project Value: $29,857.00
Start Date: July 2014
End Date: Spring 2015
Pacific Salmon Foundation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Village of Harrison Hot Springs, Harrison Hot Springs Communities in Bloom Committee, Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition, Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council, Miama Place, River Wynd Strata Corporation, Harrison Elementary School, Harrison Hot Springs Preschool & Childcare, Friends of the Harrison Forest
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.