Our Programs & Goals
Our Programs are intended to compliment one another and provide a dynamic framework that will help us achieve our goals and realize our Mission Statement. Our success depends on a committed board, and volunteer base; along with support from our funders, a willing local government and a caring public.
Please note that our Programs have recently undergone changes as a result of feedback from Strategic Planning sessions held the summer of 2012.
Streamside Care & Biodiversity
- Enhance and maintain, as much as possible, streamside(riparian) vegetation as natural species.
- Identify ways to enhance and maintain biodiversity within the watershed and communicate the importance of biodiversity to the public.
The Millard-Piercy Watershed Management Plan (2001) states that 18 kilometers of stream were considered to have damaged riparian habitat and 14 kilometers of stream had been channelized by being converted to ditches. Large wetland areas have been drained for farming and urban use, and the sensitive estuary and headwaters have been modified by development. The construction of a four lane highway and connector road has obstructed access to natural habitats and corridors. Despite negative impacts, the Watershed still contains sensitive ecosystems that provide habitat for many species. We must change the way we develop and use the land, to prevent further loss and degradation of habitats in the Watershed.
In 1999, the percentage of impervious surfaces in Millard Piercy sub-basins ranged from four percent in the Millard Basin to over thirty percent in the Piercy Urban Basin, with an average imperviousness of eight percent (Fleenor W. and A. Smailes, 2000). Studies on the impacts of impervious areas on salmon indicate that ten percent of imperviousness in a basin will adversely affect salmon survival (Watershed Protection Techniques, 1994). Since 1999, there has been an increase in development, loss of wetlands, and increased ditching and piping of waterways: it is assumed that current levels of imperviousness are significantly higher as a result. [Show figure 2, Fleenor W. and A. Smailes, 2000]
- Attain and sustain the salmonid populations in the Millard Piercy watershed that are at the systems carrying capacity
Counts of wild coho smolts at the Millard counting fence, captures fish from the entire Watershed. These counts have shown a declining trend between 2001 and 2009. The decline in coho smolts is a warning sign that action is needed to improve the functional integrity of the Watershed.
Water Monitoring Program
- To understand and enhance current system to develop a more comprehensive watershed hydrology and quality monitoring system in order to best preserve and protect the watershed.
Since 2003, water flow monitoring has revealed a trend of increasing peak (or maximum) flows; which corresponds with a noted increase in urbanization in the Watershed. The Watershed is a spring fed system supplemented by additional sources like groundwater-fed ditches, wetlands and constructed ponds. The way the water flows through the watershed changes as more surfaces are paved or built on and the groundwater is disturbed, and can lead to flooding, erosion and habitat loss.
Education & Outreach Program
- To have a critical mass of the public engage with MPWS in a caring relationship to actively protect the watershed.
Land Use Development Program
- MPWS will be proactively aware of land use planning and development application processes and provide effective input.
- Identify and prioritize gaps and ensure that relevant policies, regulations and practices that protect the watershed are in place and followed by local government and regulators.
- To grow and remain effective over the long term
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