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PSF Grant 2014

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Planting 3rd November 2014

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


Pacific Salmon Foundation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Village of Harrison Hot Springs, Harrison Hot Springs Communities in Bloom Committee, Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition, Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council, Miama Place, River Wynd Strata Corporation, Harrison Elementary School, Harrison Hot Springs Preschool & Childcare, Friends of the Harrison Forest

Planting History

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Planting at Cedar Avenue

Planting at Cedar Avenue



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
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


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


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


2012 PSF/CSP Grant – Project Value: $18 845 – Final Report

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                                                          FINAL REPORT 

                                                    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



Organization Miami River Streamkeepers
Project Title Miami River Greenway Restoration
Contact Janne Perrin
Email jjanneperrin@shaw.ca
Website http://miamiriverstreamkeepers.9k.com


Project Summary:

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)

Methods Used

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.




Project Support

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.


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

≈square metres

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__

Supporting Documentation

Please attach additional documentation to illustrate your project’s results.

Photos: Photos of before, during and after projects are required. By providing these you grant permission to PSF to reproduce or publish these photos; therefore, care should be taken to ensure all identifiable persons in photos are aware of this. Please provide photographers name if photo credit is desired.

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___


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.









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














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.





Organization Type





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


$18 845.83

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_____

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