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Water Quality testing August 12 2014

Today was the start of the 5 week summer testing period. Sheila, Linda M., Steph and Linda C. spent Tuesday morning testing the waters of the Millard Piercy system. With the recent dry weather the water levels were on the low side, but Millard and its Side Channel and Trib 1 of Piercy still had […]

2014 Millard Piercy Smolt Count Summary

                        2014 MILLARD-PIERCY SMOLT COUNTING SUMMARY   Smolt counting fences were installed on Millard and Piercy creeks on April 16 and removed on June 13.  Volunteers counted coho smolts and fry as well as other fish once per day starting April 17.  A sample of […]

Water Quality Testing for May 2014

The water was  low in Piercy Creek and its tributaries when we did the water testing at the end of May, the last test for this Spring.  Only Trib 1 had a good volume of water. At the Willemar Outfall there were lots of fry, but the PH was low, 6.16,  and there was barely […]

Inspection of the Rearing Channel Intake

A meeting of the minds happened on Monday 12 May when DFO staff and local environmental consultants met with volunteers to discuss the naturally occurring enlargement of the water intake to the Millard Rearing Channel.  More sampling of fish presence and monitoring of water levels  is to be performed before any action is taken. .A […]

Coho Salmon Smolt Counting Program

Adult coho salmon return to Millard Creek to spawn each year from October to late December.  The resultant fry emerge from the gravel early the following spring and begin to feed and grow.  After spending a year in freshwater, those that survive predation, disease and the effects of summer drought and winter storms migrate to […]

Water Quality testing results for April 2014

All sites were tested this week.  Oxygen levels were very good, but  Ph was borderline at all sites, hovering around 6.5, down from an average of 7.5 in March.  Water levels were moderate everywhere except at Willemar Outfall, which was quite low.

Winter scene at Millard Fence.

Water levels were low this past winter and the weather was cold, so the creek froze over completely at the Millard fence.

Water Quality Testing 2014

Millard Piercy Stewards Water Quality Testing Results for March 2014: 10 sites were tested on 24th March 2014 during quite heavy rain. The results showed that oxygen and Ph levels were very good. Temperatures were a little lower than the proscribed level as is usually the case for this system at this time of the […]

MPWS Water Quality Testing Update

Weekly testing for August/September 2013: Testing on Aug 12 took place at the end of a brief heavy rain shower, the first real rain after several weeks of dry weather. The sites tested on Piercy creek showed high turbidity with the site on Marsden smelling strongly of cow manure and being very muddy. At the […]

Stranded Juvenile Coho Salmon Rescued by Watershed Stewards

 The sunny warm weather of the past few weeks has been greatly appreciated by most people, encouraging them to participate in outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking, playing sports and swimming. However, if you were a juvenile salmon living in a small stream, you might have a different opinion of the weather. Summer and early […]

Coho Salmon Smolt Countin Program

Adult coho salmon return to Millard Creek to spawn each year from October to late December.  The resultant fry emerge from the gravel early the following spring and begin to feed and grow.  After spending a year in freshwater, those that survive predation, disease and the effects of summer drought and winter storms migrate to […]