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Water Quality 2010 to Present

Water Quality Testing          
DateTimeWeatherAir TemperatureturbidityWater TemperatureOxygenOxygenpHSite NameWater Quality IndexComments
degrees CNTU%mg/l
Hach Kit
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
10:4011.2<511.059%6.5 mg/L6.6McCombs Bridge"
10:1511.8<511.058%6.5 mg/L6.1HHS Bridge"

Oxygen

Annual Director’s Report MRSS 2015

October 23, 2015
Annual Report
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.

 

PSF Grant 2014

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PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION – COMMUNITY SALMON PROGRAM

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Planting 3rd November 2014

Recipient: Miami River Streamkeepers Society

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

PROJECT PHOTOS

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

Supporters:

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

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.