MPWS Spawning Salmon Survey 2016

                                   Enumeration of spawning salmon within watersheds provides information helpful in assessment and management of salmon stocks including identification of future enhancement opportunities. However, it is recognized that accurate salmon counts are often impossible to obtain due to poor […]

There were so many chum salmon….

…we have never seen so many chum returning to spawn. We just hope that the high water levels in the creeks did not spoil their spawning. Click on this post to see a video of busy Millard Creek near the boardwalk

MPWS AGM report Nov 10th 2016

A roomful of Millard Piercy Stewards gathered on Nov 10th 2016 for our AGM. .Below are the main points raised and discussed at the meeting. 1.Discussion of activities and projects. MPWS continues to maintain our activities related to fish and water monitoring and has had increasing input and impact on development monitoring and riparian protection […]

Water Quality Testing Nov 1st 2016

Bill and Terry went testing in a lull between the sever storms which have been hitting our valley this fall. Turbidity was back to acceptable levels except at Piercy at Marsden downstream from the dairy farm. Overall pH was low at all sites, keeping just below 6.00. Results are here:mpws-water-quality-2016-11-nov1 With the wild weather bringing […]

Water Quality Oct 24 2016

Bill and Terry went out on a wild, wet and windy day to test the waters. As expected, turbidity was high, above the recommended  8 ntu, except at Millard below Minto Road and Trib 1 at CLR.   With the wild weather Bill and Terry could not test 6 of our sites. Results are here:mpws-water-quality-2016-10-oct24

Water Quality 18 Oct 2016

Sheila, Cheuey and Linda Mac tested the creeks today – four days after a huge storm followed by a wet weekend. All sites, except Millard at Minto, showed signs of having flooded two to three feet above their banks. Pierce creek under the Connector bridge had been very high almost filling the area under the […]

Water Quality Oct 11 2016

Sheila and Cheuey went testing on a clear sunny day after a frosty night. As a result of the heavy rain which had fallen in the previous week all creeks were flowing well. Tests showed oxygen content to be high everywhere and temperatures mostly around 8 C, which is quite low for this time of year, […]

MPWS Water Quality testing 30 Aug to 6th Sept 2016

ON 30th August Sheila, Linda and Marcia tested on a rainy, cool day.  We found water flowing at all locations which is good for the end of August. However, the quality of water in Piercy at the Courtenay Connector overpass and on the outflow from River Meadows was low in oxygen and the flow was […]

Water Quality testing Aug 9 – 23rd 2016

Testing was started earlier in the month this year to keep in line with testing carried out in the Nanaimo Regional District. Sheila and Phyllis performed the testing. On the 9th Aug four locations on Piercy Creek (around River meadows, the Connector and at Piercy Creek Estates on Cumberland Road) were showing higher temperatures than […]

Spring Water Quality Testing 2016

Volunteers tested the waters in Millard and Piercy creeks in March, April and May. Quality was good at all sites.  Unfortunately the pH meter was acting up in April and May so those results were not reliable. Many fry were seen at all locations in March and April, especially at the new reach in Trib […]

Water Quality Testing Nov 17th 2015

Linda M, Cheuey and Sheila went testing on a wet day after a big rain storm. Turbidity should not be higher than 8 NTU at this time of the year and it was high (13) in Trib 1 south of River Meadows and in Millard (11) just above the confluence.  Even the side channel was […]

Water Quality Testing Nov 10th 2015

On November 10th Cheuey and Sheila tested the creeks on a dry, sunny day with a temperature of 9 C.  Oxygen levels were good everywhere and temperatures were within the guidelines, tho the Outfall at Willemar was as usual on the high side. Turbidity was very low. The results are here:MPWS Water Quality 2015 11 […]