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General · 6th July 2015
Al Beattie
Quadra Salmon News July 2015
The Eco Center is open for the summer, Wednesdays to Sundays, 10AM to 4PM. Please join the QISES board in welcoming Gina Nickoloff as our summer interpreter. She is a Quadra resident, a biology student at U Vic, and past volunteer with the amazing Granite Bay Creek gang. We have 500 healthy coho fry in our demonstration pond and, as of this writing, have just enough water trickling down McKercher Creek to freshen water in the pond. The old cement dam there leaks. As long as the volume of water trickling down the creek is greater than the leaks allow out, our pond survives.
As to the rest of the salmon bearing creeks which we keep our eyes on, there is just enough water in all of them to keep last autumn’s spawn vital. It was a phenomenal spawn, last October into December. There seem to be fry, both coho and trout, in almost every pool that we visit. Drought proofing efforts continue in the Hyacinthe system. Given the dry conditions, nature has been kind to Hyacinthe Creek. Beaver built a dam at Site 2 in the culvert, storing quite a volume of water for use in Reed Lake. It then leaks under the culvert and into the huge wetland on the south side of Walcan Road. An old beaver dam at Site 3 retains water. (A brand new beaver dam below the old one blew out last October during two days of intense rain.) We access the existing water using a controlled drain into the actual headwater of H. Creek, enough to keep the pools vital but set to conserve water for the near future. Like all islanders, we hope desperately for rain.
QISES would again like to thank Tru Value stores for the “points” system and to those who donate to #257. It provides a significant part to our annual budget.