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 […]

Water testing 31st Oct 2017

Sheila, Linda Mc and Roche went testing the creeks on a cool, sunny morning after 2 weeks of no rain. The water levels in the creeks were quite low with Piercy very sluggish under the connector. But all tests were acceptable, except for the oxygen reading at the connector. The turbidity was very good everywhere. […]

Water Quality Testing October 24th 2017

Sheila, Linda Mc. and Roche enjoyed doing the rounds of water testing on a sunny day. There had been no rain for several days and so all sites had clear water with a good flow. All sites tested well within the provincial guide lines. No spawners were spotted in the creeks, which was a surprise […]

Water Quality Oct 17th 2017

The usual Fall water testing program started on Tuesday 17th October, 2017, when Bill, Bruce and Ron went testing on the day after the first big storm of the season.  Piercy Creek under the Connector bridge was too turbid for testing. Otherwise all results were acceptable, except Conductivity was very high at the Piercy Creek […]

Water Quality August 29 2017

Bill and Marcia ran the tests on 29th August. Although no rain had fallen, the longer nights cooled the waters down and only Piercy at Cumberland had temperature over the recommended level. Oxygen level was very low at Piercy at River Meadows farm, but acceptable everywhere else. Results can be viewed here:MPWS Water Quality 2017 […]

Stewards Meeting 17th August 2017

Our stewards met at the Red Tree Cafe for an informal meeting to bring everyone up-to-date on projects underway and plan for the Fall. A dozen stewards managed to make the meeting. Robin informed everyone of the Slomp farm project now underway on Piercy creek. Current Environmental are working to create pools and riffles on […]

Water Quality testing August 22 2017

Sheila, Linda and Bill did the rounds today on a sunny day with no rain having fallen for over 7 weeks. Millard creek still had a steady flow of water and Trib 1 of Piercy was reduced, but still flowing. Piercy was overheated at Cumberland Road and at River Meadows, even Trib 1 was over […]

Water Quality Aug 15 2017

Sheila and Linda Mc did the rounds of testing on August 15th. After 7 hot weeks with only 1 shower of rain, it was surprising that Piercy was still flowing at Cumberland Road and above the Slomp farm. Under the Connector, Piercy was completely dry and pretty sluggish south of River Meadows farm. There, oxygen […]

Water Quality August 8th 2017

Sheila and Linda Mac went out testing on 8th August…on a sunny, but smokey day with the temperature in the 20’s and with no rain for several weeks. Piercy was not flowing under the Connector and at River Meadows the creek was low in oxygen (61% ) and over 19 C. Other locations tested had […]