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Water Quality Aug 8th 2018

Sheila and Linda ventured forth to wrestle with brambles,  5-bar gates, electric fences and a blazing sun to test the waters this week. We were pleasantly surprised to find water running in Piercy Creek at Cumberland Road…a place where we have often had to rescue fry when the creek runs dry. This time the fry […]

Dismantling the counting fences June 2018

On a very wet day several of our stewards met at the Millard fence to begin dismantling it. As a result of the rain, there were quite a few smolts in the counting box at each location, so these had to be counted and released before work could begin. Here are some photos of the […]

Report of Comox Valley Nature Kids Outing along Millard Creek

This report comes from CV Nature Kids. We had a lovely, sunny Explorer Day on Sunday (April 22nd). Thanks to Steve Williams for helping us to learn about all the interesting nature discoveries along the Millard-Piercy Conservation Trail.  Highlights included helping Steve count and identify fish in the Stewards’ fish fence, the Millard Creek estuary, learning […]

Water Quality Testing May 2018

Linda Mc, Jim S and Sheila went testing on May 30th. After the driest May in memory the water levels were very low in Piercy creek more like July levels. Millard was flowing well. All sites showed little turbidity. Unfortunately our new DO meter was not happy and so we could not test for oxygen […]

Watershed Walk May 26th 10.00

The Millard-Piercy Watershed Stewards are hosting a  public nature walk with the focus on salmon of the Millard system, their habitat, challenges and what our group is doing to help increase production. The walk  will start at 10am Saturday, May 26.  Meet at the concrete fish at the junction of the Courtenay River walkway and […]

Water Quality 5 March 2018

Sheila, Linda Mc, Cheuey and Jim Sharpe went testing on a chilly day. The woods were rather drab with only the smallest signs of spring. The undergrowth was flattened, giving good views through to places normally unseen. The creeks were running at a moderate level, very clear as there had been no rain in the […]

Piercy Creek restoration and enhancement at Slomp Farm

The project to enhance Piercy Creek mainstem on the Slomp Farm is now complete.  Riffles were created to bring oxygen into the waters and woody debris and pools added and developed to improve habitat. The final report with a map and some photos can be viewed here:Slomp Farm Piercy Creek Enhancement  

Spawner Count 2017

Robin reported that this year has proved to be a difficult one for spawning salmon counts in the Millard-Piercy watershed.  Initially, very low stream flows likely prevented salmon from entering the system then later, heavy rains raised water levels and created turbid conditions making observation of fish difficult at times. In spite of weekly walks […]

MPWS AGM November 30th 2017

MPWS are holding their AGM in the Cumberland room at the Westerly Hotel in Courtenay on 30th November 2017 at 6.30. All are welcome. We will be discussing what is working for the group and what is not working so well and what action should be taken. The Agenda is here:2017 MPWS AGM AGENDA

Water Testing Nov 14 2017

Well – after so long without rain, we have had a huge amount lately and it was deemed to risky to go out testing on this, our last day of testing for 2017. The creeks are high and so is the wind with the danger of falling branches adding to the rushing water and slippery […]

Water Testing Nov 7 2017

After several days of unusually cold weather and 2 snow falls, Sheila, Linda and Ron went out testing, slithering around in the snow in some areas,  on a chilly morning with temperature at 2C and full cloud cover.  The turbidity meter was too cold to calibrate at first, but it later warmed up and we […]