PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION / COMMUNITY SALMON PROGRAM
Project Number CSP- 12S 037
|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|
MRSkS = Miami River Streamkeepers Society
VHHS = Village of Harrison Hot Springs
CIB = VHHS’s Communities in Bloom Committee
FVWC = Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition
FVIPC = Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council
FHF = Friends of the Harrison forest
The Miami Streamkeepers conducted riparian rehabilitation along the Miami River greenway to maintain habitat and ecosystem integrity for both salmonids and other species. The project was a continuation of previous restoration of the greenway done with an Environmental Damages Grant in 2010 / 11. Public Education through 4 community events was completed.
Please describe accurately your project and identify what you did or not do as compared to your application summary:
A total of 417 native shrubs were planted and our weekly “walk & weed” work parties removed invasive species.
Informational door hangers were distributed to homeowners along the river and all storm drains in Harrison Hot Springs were marked. We attended Harrison Festival Children’s’ Day and hosted a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Water quality testing was done in March & August 2012 & February, June & July 2013. (See DATA sheet)
Standard planting procedures were used. Native shrubs and trees were purchased from a local nursery. Plants were matched to their preferred habitat e.g. habitat e.g. Hardhack and Red Osier Dogwood were planted on lower parts of the bank and Pacific Ninebark and thimbleberry were planted near the top of bank as they cannot tolerate conditions that are too wet. Water plants –slough sedge and hard-stemmed bulrush- were planted at river’s edge in 5 places. Plant survival rate was used to indicate success.
Problems and how they were solved
Ongoing volunteer help is tricky. We developed a website this year and send out a weekly reminder to our Streamkeepers membership to attend volunteer events – especially our Monday 10 AM walk and weed session. Keeping all sections of the new plantings along the greenway weed free is a challenge. In July 2013 we find reed canary grass, black walnut, bind weed and ivy overgrowing shrubs installed in October 2012. Mature Black Walnuts on private land adjacent to the greenway inhibit growth of native shrubs installed resulting in the loss of 4-shrubs. Geese feeding by residents is also problematic. Property owners are fond of their trees/geese and a solution is not easy. Japanese knotweed treated in September 2010 by the Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council continues and vigilant weeding is needed for the native shrubs to thrive. Networking with the local CIB and continued volunteerism by the MRSkS members’ helps. Restoration projects need long term, intensive summer weeding. Is there a grant that would cover hiring a pair of students to do such work next summer?
Unexpected Outcomes, such as new relationships, new volunteers, beavers moved in etc
For our storm drain marking project the local daycare children helped us. They hung the door hangers on all homeowner’s doors who back the Miami River over a 2-day blitz. The local Communities in Bloom Committee stepped up to help with Storm drain Marking, Children’s Day, the Great Canadian Shoreline cleanup and frequently for our weekly “walk & weed” For the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup we had the local Bear Aware coordinator come out with a booth. In November of 2012 we participated in the Harrison Bald Eagle Festival using the tri-fold display we constructed in June of 2012. The tri-fold also advertised our PSF CSP project at SEP “Ugly Bug Ball” on June 23rd. We were invited in November 2012 by the BC Chapter – Society for
Ecological Restoration to walk some of their AGM delegates along our project. We didn’t need the beaver guard wire as no beavers came “a cuttin’” but we keep it in case. We were invited to participate in the Canada Day Parade by the Mayor. At this event we distributed educational materials on streamside living, bear safe and invasive plants.
Timing: did it take more or less time than anticipated?
We had planned to plant in November 2012 but in reality we planted on October 17 and 18th
as the weather was cool and damp. Administration of the project by the MRSkS took over 3 times more hours than we anticipated. Of course we are volunteers not professionals but we were surprised when we tallied up and that tally often doesn’t include emails and phone calls that one forgets to enter. As we put together the final report we discovered that meeting, communications and publishing were a different category of in-kind and found we had spent 83.75 hours. Monitoring and maintenance also took far more hours than we thought. We anticipated 250 hours for the project and to date have done almost twice that many.
Budget: over, under?
We stayed within budget. We had a few dollars left over after our initial October community planting that we used to purchase 22 sword ferns and 10 hard stemmed cattails and 4 slough sedges that we planted in November 2012. For in-kind support the FVWC needed less hours to fulfill their part of the
Project. The FVIPC also needed 2-fewer hours for their obligations. On the other hand both the MRSkS and CIB groups gave more hours than budgeted. CIB more than doubled their contribution while the MRSkS contributed 2.3X more hours than budgeted.
Recommendations for future work
Invasive weed control is an ongoing task. No matter how much effort we put in there are always more blackberries, Himalayan balsam, black walnuts, English ivy and lamia to weed. Ongoing maintenance is mandatory for a restoration project to be successful. Public education is also on going. Encouraging people to stay on the trail, curbside their green waste, pick up their garbage, leash their dogs and keep cats indoors is never ending. Interpretive signs for the greenway restoration project would help in this regard. As an unexpected part of this project, MRSkS and CIB prepared a PowerPoint Presentation requesting two signs – Value of Riparian Area & The Importance of Biodiversity- immediately and several more in the future to be given at the August 12th, 2013 Village of HHS Council Meeting.
Please describe how you met or exceeded your objectives as compared to your application for funding, describe unintended outcomes. Describe where you did not meet your objectives.
Result #1 Riparian Planting And Invasive Plant Removal – 846 m2 of streamside was planted with 417 native plants with the removal of up to 846 m2 of invasive plants (Fall 2012).
Result #2 To promote community awareness of invasive species, native plants and living responsibly near riparian areas. In Summer 2012 with finish up in Spring 2013 we marked all storm drains within the Village of Harrison. Door hangers were placed on all residences doors along Miami River Drive & Naismith Avenue. Approximately 72 residences, as these properties back upon the Miami River.
Result #3 Monitoring and Maintenance – Removal of encroaching invasive plants was conducted every week for about two hours by a team of two to five Streamkeepers. Native plant’s survival was be monitored. This monitoring is ongoing. Thirty-six water plants were installed – hard-stemmed bulrush & slough sledge. We await the end of high water to see how they survived. Of the other 381 plants installed 98% have survived.
Result # 4 Education of local residents, visitors & their children on the biodiversity of the Miami Creek Watershed and the dangers of invasive species and garbage. Participation in four (4) community events: Harrison Festival of the Arts Children’s Day booth (July 11,2012), Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Harrison Foreshore and lagoon coordination (September 15, 2012) and Public Plantings October 17 & 18, 2012.
Please list all Federal, First Nations, Provincial, Regional and Municipal government employees involvement in your project.
DFO – Eastern Fraser Valley Community Advisor Mark Johnson offered advice, monitored our progress and came to plantings
Sts’ailes Aboriginal Title & Rights – Placed notices in their band newsletter advertising our activities and encouraging band members to take part. They wrote us a letter of support for the initial application
Village of Harrison Hot Springs – Parks, Trails & Horticultural Technician, Teresa Baxter and her crew helped with planting layout and planting the shrubs and trees. The Mayor provided us with a letter of support for our application. VHHS’s Communities in Bloom Committee partnered with us extensively for planting, monitoring and weeding.
PROJECT SUMMARY STATISTICS
The statistics you provide will help us to determine the specific and overall achievements of your project and the Community Salmon Program and will be made available to interested individuals and organizations.
Quantifiable Results (Important these are a measurement of your project’s success)
Habitat Rehabilitation Projects
|Riparian Restoration||Area replanted||
|Number of trees/shrubs planted 417||
Education, Public Awareness, Stewardship, Community Planning, Volunteer Training Projects
Targets Audience (check all that apply) Number of participants
Grade K-12 Y 100+ at 2012 Harrison Arts Festival Children’s Day
Post Secondary Y ____some at Children’s Day ________
Education and Awareness Y Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup/ Children’s Day/ Planting Sessions & Door Hanger recipients
Landowners Contact Y _____15______
Volunteers Trained Y _____11 _______
Public presentations Y ______4______
Community Planning Y Village of Harrison Hot Springs Horticulture Staff
Other (specify) _____________
Please indicate which communications tools were used to highlight the project (check all that apply):
PSF sign and decals ___ Newspaper/ media releases __X_ Brochure _X__
Website _X__ Media interview ___
Volunteers (Important: this is a measurement of your project’s success)
|Total number of volunteersinvolved in this project||30||Total number of volunteer hoursin this project||862.5 to July 29 2013|
Total number of persons trained (staff and volunteers) __20__
Please attach additional documentation to illustrate your project’s results.
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Generic photo consent form is available at www.psf.ca and is to be retained by your organization.
Documentation attached (check all that apply):
Maps _X__ Brochure __X_ Photos _X__ News clippings _X__ Data Report _X__
Other (specify) ______Volunteer hour’s _X_ __ Accounting Hours & $ ___X___
STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURES
Please provide a detailed financial statement of project and PSF grant expenditures
Attach original receipts and invoices to this Final Report for PSF funded expenditures.
OTHER CASH ($)
|Materials, Supplies, Equipment, Repairs, Maintenance, Transportation, Travel, Capital, Other|
|Chestwaders (4 sets)||
|Chestwader cleaning kits (to reduce any chance of chitrid, or spread of invasive species).||
|Backpack to transport materials and equipment.||
|Native Plants (846m2 area, 417 plants).k to transport materials and equipment. of chitrid, or spread of invasive species). the watercourse, will be placed.nts w||
|Native Plant guards (beaver guards and vole guards)Beaver GuardsVole Guards||
|Volunteer Labour: Professional Fees, Project Coordination, Technicians Consultants, Labourers, Other|
|Volunteer Labour / Project Coordination Miami Streamkeepers 460 hrs @ $15 / hr||
|Volunteer Supervisor / coordinator FVWC 42 hrs @ $25 / hr||
|Volunteer Labour FVWC members 4 hrs @ $15 / hr||
|Services and Skilled Volunteer Labor Village of Harrison 33 hrs @ $25/hr||
|Volunteer Labour Communities in Bloom 75 hrs @ $15/hr1 @ $25/ hr||
|Volunteer Services FVIPC 10 hrs @ $25 / hr||
|Volunteer Consulting DFO Community Advisor 2.5 hrs @ $25/hr||
|Volunteer Labour Harrison Day Care 12.5 hrs @ $15||
|TRAINING, meetings, communications, publishing, printing other costs|
|MRSk’s Pamphlets MRSk||
|MRSkS Meeting, Communications 83.75 hrs @ $15 /hr||
|MRSk’s Pamphlets PSF/CSP||
|Educational Materials FVIPC||
|Educational Materials DFO Community Advisor “Streamside Living”||
|Educational Materials Conservation Officer Service “Bear Safe”||
|Advertising Sts’ailes Aboriginal Title & Rights / Support Letter||
|Support Letter Friends of the Harrison Forest||
|FVWC Food for Volunteers FVWC||
|Administration MRSK 133.75 hrs @ $15/hr||
|Purchase Insurance for Miami River Streamkeepers Society||
|A. TOTAL PSF CSP EXPENDITURES||
|B. TOTAL OTHER||
|C. TOTAL IN-KIND||
|D TOTAL PROJECT COST A+B+C||
|E PSF CSP GRANT||
|LESS TOTAL PSF CSP EXPENDITURES A||$3038.63|
|OUTSTANDING GRANT TO BE RETURNED TO PSF||
Other Contributors – Number of Contributors and Supporters of this Project:
(Important: this is a measurement of your project’s success)
Please list other cash funding, donated supplies or services and in-kind support that was provided for the project as listed on previous page.
|FVWC||NGO||$2305||Volunteer Services / coordination / labour / pizza for planting day crews / support letter preparation|
|CIB||NGO||$1150||Volunteer labour, monitoring, maintenance|
|VHHS||Municipality||$825||Volunteer Services / site coordination / labour / planting plan & placement|
|FVIPC||NGO||$550||Educational Materials / volunteer services / support letter preparation / invasive plant control consulting|
|Sts’ailes Aboriginal Title & Rights||Indian Band||$100||Advertising events in band newsletter / support letter preparation|
|MRSkS||NGO||$10512.20||Coordination, networking, web site design, labour, monitoring, maintenance|
|COS||BC Government||$50||Bear safety handouts|
|DFO||Federal Government||$112.50||Streamside Living Pamphlets|
|Friends of the Harrison Forest||NGO||$15||Support letter preparation|
|Harrison Day Care||Private Business||$187.50||Storm Drain Marking|
|PSF||NGO||$3038.63||Grant –Plants, Waders etc|
Please list anticipated funders that were not able to contribute, and reasons given. Although the Sts’ailes Aboriginal Title & Rights group encouraged band members to join in our activities none did. However it is a 45-minute trip by road from their side of the lake to the Harrison Hot Springs Village side.
I hereby declare that the information contained in the above financial statement submitted by us to PSF is accurate in all material respects. Any HST Input Tax Credit received or receivable by us has been declared in the budget portion of the Final Report and that the funds were used exclusively for the project as originally proposed or as formally amended by PSF.
_______________________ ____Janne Perrin___________ ___Chair____ __Aug.12, 2013_____
Signature Name Title Date
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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||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