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General · 23rd June 2014
Al Beatie
The Quadra Island Salmon Enhancement Society wishes to announce that it has received HRDC funding this year. It means that QISES was able to hire a summer student interpreter for the Eco Center. The hire for this summer is Cole Houlihan of Quadra Loop. He will be at the center from July 2 until Labour Day, Wednesday to Sunday from 10AM to 4PM. Individuals and groups are invited to visit. Thanks to Graham Mackay for acquiring the necessary funds, and to Deb Cowper for training Cole in his summer duties.

Of note about our early dry spell, a walk was done on June 21st up the Little Morte creek to inspect the creek and droughtproofing lines. We found that the water level in the creek was very low already. We do know that some water flows beneath the stream bed but this is not good news. The Little Morte Lake and creek were originally designated as a “last resort” source of water for the Hyacinthe Creek system. Due to the early drought, Little Morte will be unusable later in the summer when really needed. The only good news on the Hyacinthe system is that Site 3, the wetlands on the Walcan Road, seems to have stored quite a bit of water.

The entire Hyacinthe Creek droughtproofing system was designed to keep the pools in the creek viable for the fry which stay in the creek for their first year of maturation. Hyacinthe Creek below the culverts is an extremely productive stream. We keep hoping for rain.

Al Beattie