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Water Quality Nov 9 2020

Helmut and Sheila went testing on November 9th. It was a cold day and the recent cold weather seemed to be too much for the LaMotte meter which we use to measure turbidity as it could only give an error message, no measurements. However, as we have had no rain for several days, turbidity was […]

Water Quality Testing 2 November 2020

Helmut and Sheila tested the waters again on Monday, 2nd November. It was a cloudy day, but not cold. All tests were good, tho pH was a little low in some spots. Water volume was moderate as we had had no rain in the previous few days. This kept the turbidity low too. We  saw […]

Water Testing October 26th 2020

Sheila and Helmut went testing on  26th October. It was a chilly morning with clouds and no sunshine.  Water levels were moderate, still not up to regular Fall levels.  Water temperature was low everywhere just like this time last year. Oxygen was good everywhere but Marsden.  Fish were only seen in Millard near the fish […]

Fall Water Quality Testing

Robin and Sheila went to test the waters on October 19th, starting our Fall ‘wet weather’ testing series.  Rain had fallen over the weekend and water levels were improved, definitely not high, but good enough for the spawners to go up the creeks. Water quality was good everywhere, except at Piercy Main on Marsden where […]

Clean up below Connector Bridge over Piercy Creek

We are pleased that the terrible mess under this bridge has been cleaned up with all camping debris, bikes and so on removed and replaced with sharp rocks to deter further camping there. Here are the details:Clean up Connector bridge2020  

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 […]