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Piercy Creek Habitat Improvement Project completed.

For several years, we have raised concerns about the damaging effect of storm water outlets leading directly into Pirecy Creek at the south-eastern corner of Piercy Creek Estates. Finally, after years of  planning with substantial input from MPWS, the City of Courtenay has approved of rerouting the outlet to eliminate future creek bed and bank […]

Update on Piercy Creek Habitat Assessment Project

Since launching the project end of June , approximately 75% of the initial phase of the project was completed until work came to a halt due to very low or no flow of water in the upper reaches of the watershed. To learn more about the progress of the project click on headline. Piercy Habitat […]

Water testing 14 Sept 2020

On Sept 14th Helmut and Sheila tested the waters. After several days with thick smoke in the air blocking the sun the water temperatures were noticeably lower than our previous tests. The longer nights  also help keep the temps lower and oxygen higher. With no rain since mid-August, water levels were very low. However, there […]

2019 Activity Report

The Millard /Piercy Watershed Stewards 2019 Activity Report is now available online. Topics include: Smolt Counting, Spawning Salmon Surveys, Water Quality Monitoring, Education and Outreach, Development Proposals Referral, Participation in the Comox Valley Conservation Partnership, Planting Native Trees and Shrubs, Homeless Camp Cleanup, “Keeping it Living” Award for 2018, Annual General Meeting. To read the […]

Water testing Aug 24th 2020

Sheila and Helmut tested the waters on Monday, 24th August.  There had been some heavy rain on the previous Thursday and Friday causing  the water quality to be noticeably improved from the week before, tho water levels were still low.  Temperatures were down and oxygen levels up, quite high in some locations. Fry were spotted […]

Water Quality Testing

Sheila, Helmut , Sarah and Charlie (aged 5 yrs) started testing the water quality on 10th August, but , unfortunately both the oxygen meter and the conductivity meter were not behaving. So, after an hour or so, we decided to abandon testing for that week. Charlie did spot a crayfish in Millard up at Comox […]

Piercy Creek Habitat Assessment Project

Thanks to the generous financial support of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, the City of Courtenay, the Comox Regional District, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the expertise of Current Environmental Ltd. employees, the Piercy Creek Habitat Assessment Project has been able to proceed. Under the guidance of Current Environmental Ltd. , MPWS volunteers began […]

Water Quality Testing

The tests planned for the beginning of the year could not be carried out due to Covid 19, however water quality testing at the 12 sites in the Millard Piercy Watershed will resume August 10th.  With Sheila leading the team, we will measure, document and assess water quality indicators such as dissolved oxygen and oxygen […]

Water Quality Testing Nov 11 2019

November 11th Helmut, Linda Mc and Sheila went testing on a damp day with intermittent rain. It was 8 C. There had not been enough rain to increase the water levels in the creeks and consequently the oxygen levels were down a little from the previous week. All sites were good except for Piercy Main […]

Water Quality Nov 4th 2019

Marcia, Helmut and Sheila went out testing on the 4th November 2019 on a cool drizzly day. The water levels were still low for this time of the year as we have had little rain. This meant that turbidity was good at most sites. The only site with unacceptable results was at Marsden Road, where […]

Millard Piercy Watershed Stewards AGM 10th December 2019

MPWS will be holding their AGM at Creekside Commons on Tuesday, 10th December, 2019 at 7.00pm. Speaker will be Tim Ennis, Executive Director of CV Land Trust and a Director with Project Watershed. The subject will be ‘Bats’

Water Quality Testing Oct 30th 2019

Sheila, Marcia and Helmut went testing on 30th Oct on a sunny, chilly day. We found that the creeks were running very clear and oxygen levels were good except at the site below Knopps Farm on Marsden Road. There oxygen was very low and the creek smelt strongly of cow manure. Weather has been dry […]