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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

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

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Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – November 17 & 18, 2018
The MRSS hosts an informational booth at the Exhibitor’s Fair at Leq’a:mel Hall the first weekend of the festival.  The Chehalis flats and the Harrison River are renown in late autumn for the world’s largest congregation of bald eagles and BC’s biggest run of Chum salmon .  Events run over four weekends. Go to www.fvbef.ca for more information.

Agassiz – Harrison Earth Day April 22, 2018

The award winning movie River Blue will be shown at Agassiz United Church, 6860  Highway #7  at 7 p.m.  Admission by donation
There will be a static display by M.R. Streamkeepers, Water Wealth, Council of Canadians and Fraser Valley Regional Library. Birch Grove Nursery has donated native plants for a raffle.

Director’s Report 2018

Director’s Report 2017

January 12, 2017

Annual Report

The Miami River Streamkeepers (MRSS) have enjoyed a successful and satisfying year since our last AGM held November 14th, 2015. Our Society continues to operate within the framework defined in 2012 when we registered our organization as a non-profit society and to achieve goals set at our AGM.

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 and any dumped materials are removed. Agassiz Elementary Secondary School leadership students participated in a Reed Canary Grass control project in May 2016. A commercial landowner contacted on stewardship practices acted upon our suggestions. Through grant monies MRSS purchased additional stewardship equipment. Several Chum salmon were observed spawning under the Harrison Hot Springs Road Bridge in early November 2016.

Water Quality Testing was done in July 2016 with our DFO (Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans) Community Advisor. He supplied new buffer solutions, electrolytes, membranes and “O” rings for our monitoring equipment. The Walnut avenue site had low oxygen levels.

Planting. No public plantings were done in 2016 as the riparian is adequately vegetated. However several donated native shrubs and trees were installed by MRSS to replace failed plants.

Public Education and Involvement is an important focus for our group. To that end MRSS, in collaboration with the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, hosted a “Healthy Environment Day” on Monday August 1st with educational & information displays for visitors & local residents to review. Exhibitors participating were MRSS, Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council, South Coast Conservation Program, Painted Turtle Recovery Program, Oregon Spotted Frog Program and WildSafeBC. Birch Grove Nursery displayed native plants that were donated for thank you gifts. Pearson Ecological led public nature walks of Greenway. MRSS updated and reprinted our brochure this year. The local paper published several articles about our work.

The series of 5-Interpretive Signs designed by our group installed in designated locations along the Miami River Greenway were cleaned. The signs enhance community and visitor awareness of the Miami River, the Riparian Area, and factors important in promoting a healthy bio-diverse environment.

MRSS maintains an active web site that offers information and notification of events to the public Articles from our group are published regularly in our local newspaper. These provide education and awareness of upcoming events to community residents. We keep in contact with our members through regular email updates.

A hallmark of our small but dedicated group is our collaboration with numerous agencies and partners. We participate in the Harrison Salmon Stronghold Council planning meetings. In November 2015 we participated in BC Nature Federation’s Fall Field Camp with a presentation and a Greenway walk with a local biologist. In appreciation an anonymous BC Nature Member donated us funds. We meet with the Earthwise Society to collaborate on riparian enhancement of the Miami River on their Golf Road farm. One of our directors presented suggestions to the Village of Harrison Hot Springs Council for improvement of the 200-block greenway path. MRSS donated three pairs of chest waders to the Harrison Salmon Stronghold.

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 with invasive plants and the Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition offers advice on stewardship. The Village of Harrison Hot Springs awards us operational financing through “Grants to Groups” for which we are very appreciative.

We will be holding our AGM on January 20, 2017. We look forward to exploring ideas and establishing goals for 2017. We have attracted a new member to our group this year and will continue our efforts to interest others in participating.

Janne Perrin

President, Miami River Streamkeepers Society

Meet the Stewards

Members of the Streamkeepers Society from left to right: Jane Kivett, Janne Perrin, and Mary Baxter meet every week at the Miami River to Walk and Weed to help prevent the spread of noxious weeds in the area.  image credit: Erin Knutson

Members of the Streamkeepers Society from left to right: Jane Kivett, Janne Perrin, and Mary Baxter meet every week at the Miami River to Walk and Weed to help prevent the spread of noxious weeds in the area. image credit: Erin Knutson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Native Plant List

P1050720Indian Plum with Fruit

P1050726

Mock Orange in Bloom

Thimble Berry (Rubus parviflorus)

Thimble Berry (Rubus parviflorus)

AGM 2017

Healthy Environment Day

Monday August 1, 2016 Harrison Plaza 11 AM to 3 PM

 

The Miami River Streamkeepers Society and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs hosted a Healthy Environment Day on Monday, August 1st, 2016 from 11 AM to 3 PM in the Harrison Lake Plaza.

Harrison Hot Springs boasts more than its share of beautiful natural areas with lake, forest and river environments. Through the work of the Village, local businesses and volunteer environmental groups Harrison Hot Springs has groomed trails, maintained riparian strips and interpretive signs. No less than 3000 trees and shrubs have been installed along the river since 2006.

Keeping this environment healthy is challenging. Invasive species, high public use, domestic pets, garbage and green waste dumping all take their toll.

People were intrigued by the live turtles at the Western Painted Turtle Recovery Project booth.There was also much interest in the WildSafeBC bear hide, Miami River Streamkeepers Society’s invasive plant bouquet, the South Coast Conservation’s species at risk puzzles and Birch Grove’s native plant display. The photos show the turtle booth and Tiffany Knight with plants grown at her local Birch Grove Nursery on Striker’s Crescent, Agassiz.

Tiffany Knight of Birch Grove Nursery showed the public the beautiful choices native riparian plants offer. After the event, Birch Grove gifted the plants to the other exhibitors and, by free draw, to six members of the public.

Mike Pearson, a member of the MRSS, lead two public nature walks of the Greenway that were enjoyed by a dozen participants.

Both the Village and the Streamkeepers say “thank you” to all the exhibitors

 

 

Amphibians and Reptiles of Miami River

Pacific Chorus frog

Western Toad

Red-legged Frog

Green Frog

Northwestern Salamander

Northwestern Alligator Lizard

Rubber Boa (at Hot Springs Source)

Northwestern Garter Snake

Photo: Green Frog