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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Environment Day 2016

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

Walk & Weed

 

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

COVID19 REGULATIONS

MRSS work weekly on the Greenway section of the river. We target specific areas monitoring native plants and removing invasive plants. We meet Mondays (weather permitting/ not holiday Mondays) at 327 Miami River Drive @ 9 AM summer months and 10 AM other months. Tools, Vests and Gloves Provided. Everyone welcome.

Call 604-796-9182 for information. 

 

PSF Grant 2014

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PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION – COMMUNITY SALMON PROGRAM

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   Recipient:

Miami River Streamkeepers Society

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

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

Director’s Report 2014

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PLANTINGS
o Skoda Property planting October 7, 2013 – 4 MRSS members, 3 FVWC crew, & Martin Skoda / very rainy / 52 native shrubs installed
o October 11, 2013 – 10- “volunteer native plants”(potted & tended from Summer 2012 at Perrin’s) planted in 300 block by Janne
o April 15, 2014 – Karl Perrin donated and planted eight native shrubs in 200 & 300-block (one shrub subsequently removed & relocated by homeowner)
o June 23, 2014 – Rachel Drennan, FVWC coordinator, and Janne Perrin prepare plant list for PSF/CSP Grant Fall planting
o September 29, 2014 – plant 100 aquatic plants / MRSS members with the assistance of Karl Perrin’s Gardeners at Large Crew / purchased with PSF/CSP 2014 Grant funds

· HABITAT ENCROACHMENT
o December 9, 2013 Letter to James Weger, EFV Community Advisor re habitat destruction
o August 2014 – Letter to VHHS Bylaw Officer regarding concerns. Advised VHHS Riparian Bylaw only covers new development and to contact the Province. Conservation Officer followed up on concerns with home-owners

· DFO ADVISOR
o May 22 2014 – DFO appoints Bob Schaefer as CA for South Fraser Area & Eastern Fraser Valley, replacing James Weger

· PUBLIC EDUCATION:
o Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up September 29, 2013 – 16 people / VHHS loaned row boat for river use from Maple St. Canoe Launch to Ruth Altendorf Bridge / Laura Chappell with WildSafeBC & MRSS at plaza but too windy for display boards / 34 kg (75 lbs) trash collected / VHHS supplies bags, pickers, tables & tent / pre & post articles submitted by Janne Perrin published in Agassiz Observer September 27 & October 4th
o November 16th & 17th Booth at Fraser Valley Eagle Festival
o March 27, 2014 – large map of Miami River and large “living by water” posters laminated by Staples
o March 29, 2014 – participated in Harrison Health & Wellness Fair at Memorial Hall
o April 22, 2014 – participated in United Church Earth Day celebration
o June 2, 2014 – 7-minute PowerPoint presentation to VHHS Council / well received
o July 16, 2014 – Janne led Communities in Bloom judges in tour along the 300-block of the Greenway trail. Door hanger packages were given to judges
o September 27 2014 – Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup / MRSS hosts public cleanup of Harrison foreshore, lagoon and Miami River / article & photo published in A-H Observer prior to event/ 20 people registered / one boat and 2 kayaks worked in river / member of Harrison Yacht Club interested in participating in 2015/ 82 people visited WildSafeBC booth / 26 kg trash collected / VHHS delivered tables etc / Gardeners At Large returned materials & trash to VHHS works yard

·PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION / COMMUNITY SALMON PROGRAM GRANT
o January 13 to February 6, 2014 worked on an application to PSF/CSP Grant for Miami River Greenway project 2
o February 6, 2014 Submit Application
TOTAL BUDGET REQUESTED FROM PSF $8,056.50
TOTAL OTHER $/IN-KIND (Leveraging) $20,025.00
TOTAL PROJECT COST (PSF & Leveraging)$28,081.50
o OBJECTIVES (Results) for grant:
§ Restore & Enhance 1000 square metres of Greenway stream bank
§ Install a minimum of 2 interpretive signs
§ Conduct a fish survey, monitor water quality & release salmon fry from Salmonids in the Classroom Program
o Project Partners – Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition, Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council, Village of Harrison Hot Springs, Communities In Bloom, Harrison Elementary School, Miama Place, Sts’ailes Aboriginal Rights and Title Branch, Harrison Hot Springs Preschool & Child Care, Riverwynd Strata & Friends of the Harrison Forest
o April 9, 2014 -CSP 14S 084 PSF grant $6534 awarded to MRSS / fish survey not funded, FVWC restoration crew not funded (FVWC notified us in June they’ll donate all crew services & willow whips as inkind), office supplies not funded / 3 interpretive signs funded by PSF (one to be donated by Miama Place) / Total Value of Project now estimated at $26 984
o July 7, 2014 – Stormdrain marking and Educational Door hangers along Miami River Drive with help of Harrison Hot Springs Child Care children / photos & article published in Agassiz-Harrison Observer
o July 14, 2014 – PSF/CSP grant cheque for $6 534 received
o July 16, 3014– Fall Public Planting date Monday, November 3, 2014 agreed upon by FVWC, VHHS and MRSS
o August 11, 2014 – Chiller unit for Salmon in the Classroom Project with Ms Emsley’s Class / $1 141.91 total cost including shipping / Funded by 2014 PSF/CSP grant
o August 12 Chiller Unit arrived at Chilliwack Greyhound Depot and picked up by Janne for storage at her home until fall
o August 22, 2014- 200 copies of Salmon Steward magazine arrive by post — to be given to the Harrison Elementary School for distribution
o August 29, 2014 – dialogue with VHHS, Miama Place (Martin Skoda), biologist Jill Miners, Allan Jackson & Jane Kivett of CIB on design of 4 Interpretive Signs for Greenway
o Late August / Early September – Japanese Knotweed Treatment completed by Drinkwater Environmental Services under contract to Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council / two queries from public in response to signage
o September 26, 2014 – Janne visits Ms Emsley at HES with instructions for Salmonids in the Classroom / current classroom theme of spawning salmon / Salmon Steward magazine and Chiller Unit to be delivered soon

· NEW WEIR INSTALED VHHS
o March 28, 2014 – weir to protect sewer pipe crossing at Hot Springs Road Bridge supported by MRSS member & Biologist Ted Burns

· GRANTS TO GROUPS FROM VHHS
o November 2013 –Apply for $840.00 from Grants to Groups
o May 26, 2014 – letter from VHHS re: approved for $600 grants to groups grant / Thank you letter sent to VHHS

· WALK & WEED –
o 114 volunteer hours of Restoration area (Greenway & Cedar Ave) weeding
o September 7, 2013 to September 30, 2014 / total of 36 sessions

· WATER QUALITY TESTING (WQT), Water Quality Equipment Maintenance & Data Entry (Excel & MRSS Website)
o 26 volunteer hours
o Water Quality Testing – Nov. 24-25, 2013, May 19, 2014 & Aug.18, 2014
o Water Quality Index- Acceptable in November & May / Marginal in August

· WEBSITE
o www.miamiriverstreamkeepers.9k.com / A free site
o Webmaster Janne Perrin / 10 volunteer hours

· BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S MEETINGS
o 9 meeting held from December 2013 to August 2014 / 49 volunteer hours
o August 8, 2014 – AGM set for October 4, 2014 at 10 AM at Riverwynd
o August 2014 – Account opened Agassiz Prospera Credit Union / Signers any 2 of Janne Perrin, Barb Dramer or Mary Baxter / no service charges, subject to annual review
o September 2014 – Bank of Montreal Account Closed as service fees instated

· HARRISON SALMON STRONGHOLD /Sts’ailes Fishers Collaboration
o March 2014 – MRSkS invited to become a member of this group / Janne attends March 7, May 7 and June 18 meeting on our behalf
o Jane Kivett, MRSS & CIB member attends September 10, 2014 “Special Introductory Session for BC MLA’s” meeting / slides of MRSS activities submitted for PowerPoint Show to delegates

· TOTAL VOLUNTEER HOURS RECORDED – Sept. 7 2013 to Sept. 28 2014 / 765 hours
o Value $ 12,122,00 includes work of MRSS members, partners, and public volunteers

PSF/CSP Grant 2012

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PACIFIC SALMON FOUNDATION / COMMUNITY SALMON PROGRAM

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 www.miamiriverstreamkeepers.9k.com

Public Planting 2014

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Agassiz Slough and Miami River Aquatic Sampling 2012

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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

Salish Sucker

 

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
Coho Salmon

Coho Salmon