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Salmonids in the classroom

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P1050501 two Coho ready to be released, HHS BC May 19,2015

Salmon fry released May 19th 2015. Read all about it: http://www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/community/304436871

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PSF 8c Salmonid Tank

Harrison Hot Springs Elementary School is pleased to announce that our class will be participating in the Project. We have had a lot of support from the local Miami Stream Keepers and are moving forward with the project.
Raising salmon in the classroom is an opportunity to teach students to understand, respect and protect freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems, and to recognize how all humans are lined to these complex environments.

The project was undertaken by the Grade 2 and 3 students at the end of January 2015 when the fish eggs were delivered. Miami River Streamkeepers received grant money from the Pacific Salmon Foundation to help finance the project. Four members of the Miami River Streamkeepers viewed the newly set up operation on Feb 4, 2015 . The Chilling Tank is kept at a constant temperature and is covered with an insulated wrap to keep the light out. The children test each day to make sure the temperature is between 5 & 10 C. The students also check th ATU (Accumulated Thermal Units) by adding each day’s temperature to the previous day’s total temperature. The second time the streamkeepers went for the viewing was Mar 2,2015. The eggs had not hatched yet but Mrs Emsley said she comes in even on weekends to check the temperature and the progress. There is information about fish up on the walls and everyone is very enthusiastic about the whole process of the fish cycle. We just noticed on the Harrison Hot Springs Elementary School site that six of the eggs have hatched and are now in the alevin form.

 

Manual – Salmonids in the Classroom

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Salmon Eggs – Information

Northwestern Salamander

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Northwestern Salamander

Northwestern Salamander

The Northwestern Salamander is a stout, 5 1/2 to 8-inch long uniform dark brown to black, amphibian (cold-blooded animal that start life in water & later transform to a terrestrial form) with a oval tail flattened towards the end. It has strong , well-developed legs and prominent parotoid (swollen area behind eye). Salamanders are voiceless.

It is found mainly in south-western BC. Eggs are laid in February to May in jelly-like masses about the size of a elongated grapefruit. The larvae hatch in about a month and stay in the water about a year. Some metamorphose (change into adult form) in the second summer but others remain in the larval stage indefinitely (neoteny) and breed without gaining adult form.

In the aquatic form they eat voraciously preying on all other living things small enough to swallow. On land look for them under leave litter.

Planting History

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Planting at Cedar Avenue

Planting at Cedar Avenue

 

GREENWAY PLANTINGS

Key: FVIPC-Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council FVWC-Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition MOT-Ministry of Transport VHHS– Village of Harrison Hot Springs PSF-Pacific Salmon Foundation MRSkS-Miami River Streamkeepers Society MRD-Miami river Drive
DATE PLACE DETAILS VOLUNTEERS FUNDERS
Nov. 2009 Hot Springs Road Bridge Native Shrubs upper Geo bags FVWCMRSkS M0T
Friday March 5th 2010 Hot Springs Road Bridge Native Shrubs Lower Geo Bags FVWC MOT
September 2010 200 to 400-block MRD Japanese Knotweed (stem injection) FVIPC weed team Environment Canada Grant to VHHS (EDF)
Tuesday November 2, 2010 200 block 700 native shrubs Public Planting 20 volunteers from Harrison, Agassiz and Chilliwack + FVWC & MRSkS Environment Canada Grant to VHHS (EDF)
March 24th 2011 300 block Native shrubs (remainder of those above) Public Planting + FVWC & MRSkS Environment Canada Grant to VHHS (EDF)
April 21 2011 (Earth Day Planting) 200 and 300 block 400 Native Shrubs Public Planting + FVWC & MRSkS Plants donated by Dr. Mike Pearson
October 31, 2011 Knot weed area on 400-block Native shrubs still in stock from previous EDF grant MRSk / VHHS staff Environment Canada Grant to VHHS (EDF)
Wednesday & Thursday October 17 & 18, 2012 200, 300 and 400-blocks 380 Native Shrubs Public Planting19 volunteers+ FVWC/ MRSkS/VHHS staff PSF grant to MRSkS
November 27, 2012 300 and 400 blocks 22 sword ferns, 10 cat tail, 4 slough sedge MRSkS PSF grant to MRSkS
Spring 2013 300-block at Fred Hardy Bridge Ninebark shrubs in a bed beside the trail VHHS VHHS funds
November 2013 Skoda Property 215 MRD 52 Native Shrubs planted / Japanese Knotweed control-stems cut & Glyphosate injected FVWC, FVIPC, MRSkS & homeowner Homeowner
October 11 2013 300-block MRD 10 Native Shrubs & Trees MRSkS member Donated
April 15 2014 200 and 300MRD 8 Native Shrubs Local Resident Donated
Late August – Early September 2014 200-block MRD Lillooet Ave @ Chehalis Lagoon Walkway Japanese Knotweed Control (stem injection, wick application, spot treatment) FVIPC Contractor Drinkwater Environmental Services Ltd PSF Grant to MRSkS
September 29 2014 200 to 400-block MRD 102 Aquatic Plants MRSkS PSF Grant to MRSkS
November 3, 2014 200 to 400-block MRD 340 shrubs, ferns & understory plants + 350 Willow Whips Public Planting27 volunteers+ FVWC/ MRSkS/VHHS staff PSF Grant to MRSkS


170 CEDAR AVENUE

DATE PLACE DETAILS VOLUNTEERS FUNDERS
September 11 2010 170 Cedar Avenue HHS80 feet X 15 feet Yellow flag iris removal MRSkS, FVWC, Haulage- Gardener’s-at-large Compensation Funds held by FVWC for Miami River
Thursday November 4, 2010 170 Cedar Avenue HHS Native shrubs -Red-osier dogwoodHardhackWillow spp. FVWC, MRSkS & 4-leadership students Agassiz high School Compensation Funds held by FVWC for Miami River
November 21 2011 170 Cedar Avenue HHS Cattail, hard-stemmed bulrush, slough sedge Cardboard & straw used to inhibit RC grass FVWC, MRSkS & 1-leadership student Agassiz high School Compensation Funds held by FVWC for Miami River
Monday November 28th 2011 170 Cedar Avenue HHS Willow whipsVole guards installed on the shrubs already planted FVWC / MRSkS Compensation Funds held by FVWC for Miami River
May 24 2012 170 Cedar Avenue HHS -High water so can’t pull RC grass -number of dead trees but ~80% survival. – Cardboard / straw worked for the most part MRSkS Volunteer N/A
October 25th 2012 170 Cedar Avenue HHS Hard-stemmed bulrush, slough sedge & cattail to replace those washed out by 2012 Spring high water MRSkSVolunteers PSF grant to MRSkS


SPRING PARK / LILLOOET AVENUE PLANTINGS

DATE PLACE DETAILS VOLUNTEERS FUNDERS
February 2007 Spring Park & Lillooet Ave bank Blackberries flail cut Miami River Committee /VHHS staff Compensation Funds held by FVWC for Miami River
Spring 2007 Spring Park & Lillooet Ave bank Native Shrubs and trees VHHS Miami River Committee / VHHS staff / FVWC Compensation Funds held by FVWC for Miami River
Fall 2007 Lillooet Ave bank Hydro seeding in an effort to stabilize the steep bank VHHS Miami River Committee / VHHS staff Compensation Funds held by FVWC for Miami River
Spring 2008 Spring Park Ornamental junipers removed from riparian area Miami River Committee /VHHS staff Compensation Funds held by FVWC for Miami River

 

Miami River Water Quality

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Water Quality - Miami River, 2014 - 2015 Quarterly Measurements

DateTimeWeatherAir Temp.
degrees Celsius
turbidity
NTU or cm
Water Temp.
degrees Celsius
% Oxg.Oxg. mg/LpHSite NameWater QualityComments
Feb. 16, 201510:20scattered cloud, windy7.00 NTU8.0718.36.4WalnutAcceptable 38.9Little rain
in February
to date
DO Metre electrolyte replaced
11:007.40 NTU7.6738.76.9HHS Bridge
10:406.70 NTU7.8758.96.5Lori's Diner
June 1, 201510:20sunny220 NTU19.1494.56.9Walnut32.2
12 nooncloudy18.60 NTU20.21089.87.2HHS BridgeLittle rain
during May

DO Metre
electrolyte
replaced
11:35sunny with scattered clouds18.415 NTU (40 cm visibility) 14.3444.37.2Lori's Dinnervery muddy
water filled
with particulate
matter that
coated instruments
Oxygen Saturation Table

Miami River Water Quality 2013/14

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Quarterly Measurements

Water Quality - Miami River, 2013 - 2014 Quarterly Measurements

DateTimeWeatherAir Temp.
degrees Celsius
turbidity
NTU or cm
Water Temp.
degrees Celsius
% Oxg.Oxg. mg/LpHSite NameWater QualityComments
July 30, 201317:25scattered clouds22.30 NTU 19.5615.47HHS BridgeAcceptable 31.9New batteries pH metre
13:2022.30 NTU 18.1676.36.3Walnut Ave
17:1022.325 cm 17.9696.87Lori's Diner
Nov. 25, 201313:25overcast, windy9.20 NTU9.1799.27.3Walnut AveGood 40.9membrane DO Metre replaced
15:459.30 NTU7.88510.37.3HHS Bridge
Nov. 27, 201314:50overcast8.30 NTU9.2728.97.4Lori's Diner
May 19, 201410:15overcast13.50 NTU14.147%5.07.3Walnut AveAcceptable 34.1Hot Month so far with little rain
11:0015.80 NTU15.562%6.27.2HHS Bridge
11:4013.80 NTU13.263%6.67.2Lori's Diner
Aug. 18, 201410:30scattered clouds240 NTU20.346%4.57.2Walnut AveMarginal 29.6Do Metre electrolyte replaced
Very hot month & little to no rain so far
11:00240 NTU20.655%5.16.9HHS Bridge
11:3023.50 NTU15.440%3.86.8Lori's Diner
Nov. 17, 201410:15clear sunny4.80 NTU5.760%7.37.2Walnut AveAcceptable 36.1DO Metre electrolyte replaced
low water temp. accounts for seemingly low %
11:005.50 NTU4.766%8.37.2HHS Bridge
10:405.80 NTU5.764%8.17.2Lori's Diner

Oxygen Saturation Table