PSF/CSP Grant 2012

PSF/CSP Grant 2012

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Project Title Miami River Greenway Restoration
Project Type Habitat Rehabilitation
Organization Miami River Streamkeepers Society
Grant Amount $ 3,095.00
Total Project Value $ 18,845.83
Stream and Receiving Waters Name Miami River
Nearest Town/City Harrison Hot Springs
Target Salmonid Species Coho / Cutthroat

Value of Riparian Areas

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Miami River - Harrison Hot Springs

Miami River – Harrison Hot Springs

Riparian Areas are highly valuable ecosystems; their position in the landscape connects aquatic areas with terrestrial areas.

Native Trees and Shrubs:

  • Shade aquatic habitat
  • Shelter insects for birds, fish & small mammals to eat
  • Offer nesting and perching places for bird
  • Provide resting and foraging areas for frogs, turtles, waterfowl, songbirds and small mammals

Economic Value of Riparian Areas
When riparian areas are degraded there is a financial cost incurred by society to replace the lost ecological goods and services through:

  • Increased water treatment costs
  • Increased illness and health care costs due to decreased water quality
  • Increased insurance costs due to flooding
  • Increased costs for dredging sediment from waterways
  • Decreased property value due to degraded aesthetic qualities
  • Decreased swimming/fishing opportunities
  • Decreased revenues from tourism activities associated with healthy ecosystems
    Source: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ecosystem Services we receive from Restoration of the Miami River Greenway:

  • Recreational Pathway Tourism Activities
  • Wind break, noise buffer and visual screen
  • Increased Property Value for homeowners
  • Stabilization of the soil
  • Runoff Control & Flood Control
  • Water Filtration
  • Insect control by birds, bats, frogs, small mammals etc.
  • Clean air through oxygen release and carbon storage

Director’s Report 2013

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  • April 24, 2012PSF/CSP inform us we have been awarded a $3095 grantfor continued restorative plantings along the greenway. Partners are VHHS, CIB, FVWC, FVIPC, Sts’ailes Rights and Title and Friends of the Harrison Forest.
  • May 8, 2012: Mark Johnson DFO Community Advisor Eastern Fraser Valley visits and suggests Streamkeepers and the hotel might work together to improve the habitat along the lower river.  A letter was sent to Danny Crowell, General Manger on March 23, 2013 but the hotel has no schedule to upgrade (riparian).
  • June 28, 2012: MRSkS incorporated under the Society Act of BC
  • June 23, 2012: Janne and Mary attend the Salmon Enhancement Program’s Ugly Bug Ball at Rocha’s Brooksdale Environmental Centre in Surrey. Our newly completed MRSkS tri-fold info board is put on display
  • July 2012: PSF/CSP Grant storm drain marking through VHHS with assistance of CIB and Harrison Daycare
  • July 2012: Inventory List updated. Value $1 562. 27 including water testing equipment, vests, tools, camera, and paper & ink cartridges. Backpack and Chestwaders purchased after update and valued at ~$540
  • Aug 21 2012: letter to mayor and council urging them to define the pathway cut into the 300-block riparian in November 2010 with gravel and to also gravel the grassy pathway in the 200-block to transform the “private property look” into an inviting public pathway
  • September 15, 2012: Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, 11 participants, Bear Aware Booth, 28 lbs. Garbage, daily assignment of a Village worker to beach litter pick up cut down amount picked up compared to 2011
  • September 16, 2012: Letter to Agassiz-Harrison Observer editor on results of GCSC,
  • October 17 & 18, 2012: PSF/CSP Grant Public Planting Days. 380-shrubs installed in 200 to 400 blocks of greenway. 25 volunteers including DFO Community Advisor. Pizza lunch funded by compensation funds.
  • October 21 2012: letter to editor reporting on October 17 & 18, 2012 public planting
  • October 25, 2012: PSF/CSP Grant planting by MRSkS members. 20-water plants installed at170 Cedar to replace those washed out by high water in spring 2012 now cottonwood logs on bank
  • November 15, 2012: MRSkS apply to VHHS Grant to Groups for $1000
  • November 25, 2012: MRSkS director’s tour BC Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration AGM delegates around the lagoon, 170 Cedar and greenway restorations.
  • November 27, 2012: PSF/CSP Grant planting MRSkS members 22 sword fern, 10 cattails and 4 slough sedge, funds left over from initial Oct 17-18 planting
  • January 23, 2013: Public Involvement Program Grant Application submitted fro $1146 for an in river cleanup on Rivers Day 2013. We were not successful.
  • January 30, 2013: MRSkS puts up an official website at no cost to the Society

Public Planting 2014

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Miami River – Invasive Plants

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Invasive species reduce the biodiversity and available habitat for wildlife in the area. Invasive plants outgrow natives and take away nutrition and light. Many are garden escapes.

Some plants are listed as provincial noxious and it is mandatory they be controlled. Along the Miami River Greenway we control:

Japanese Knotweed
Japanese Knotweed

Himalayan Balsam
Tansy Ragwort
Giant Hogweed
Giant Hogweed
Scentless chamomile
Scentless chamomile

Yellow iris
Yellow iris

Other plants are considered to be nuisance plants. Along the Miami we deal with:

Himalayan Blackberry


Lamium silver nettle plant
Lamium (silver nettle plant)

Scotch Broom
Scotch Broom (regionally noxious in Okanagan)
Reed Canary Grass
Reed Canary Grass
English Ivy
English Ivy
Holly_fruit__K__Newell_English Holly

Virginia Creeper

Invasive Plants

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Invasive species reduce the biodiversity and available habitat for wildlife in the area. Invasive plants outgrow natives and take away nutrition and light. Many are garden escapes. Some plants are listed as provincial noxious and it is mandatory they be controlled. Please see list of invasive plants we control along the Miami River Greenway.

Invasive Plants of Miami River



Invasive Plant Counsel of BC – Poster Contest

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