Water Quality Testing August 2015

Sheila and Cheuey tested on August 18 and Sheila and Phyllis tested on 26th August 2015. Temperatures were high on the 18th after a very hot dry summer. Oxygen was not too low, however,  and fry were seen at several locations. On August 26th temperatures were more acceptable. On both days the water volume was […]

July 2015 WQ testing

Sheila and Cheuey tested on Monday, 13th July to see how the creeks were faring during the current drought and heat wave. Two sites, Piercy Creek at Willemar and  at River Meadows were  warmer than guidelines suggest (max 17C) . Ph was quite high all round, but not above guidelines and oxygen was good. Tho […]

Piercy Fry Rescue in June 2015

On 17th June, 2015, several stewards “rescued” an estimated 1,500 coho salmon fry plus several trout from Piercy Creek adjacent to Piercy Creek Estates and released them into the enhanced side channel of Millard Creek at the point where the smolt counting fence was set up this year.  Piercy Creek typically drys up into a […]

Water Quality Testing May 2015

Sheila and Cheuey were out testing at the end of May after a long period of unseasonably dry, warm weather.  Water levels were low, with Piercy at Copperfield already dry.  Ph was quite high at most locations, but not above acceptable limit. The spring at Marsden had very little volume and was high in temperature […]

Water Quality April 2015

Sheila and Cheuey tested the waters on a cool, drizzly day in April. Oxygen levels were high  and ph was fine. Unfortunately the turbidimeter had a battery connection problem, but visually turbidity looked very low and of no concern. Testing results are here: .MPWS Water testing April 2015

WQ March 2015

On March 14th 2015, a sunny morning, Terry and Bill tested the regular sites. All results were acceptable, altho the temperatures at all sites except Willemar were cooler than the provincial standard of 8.0 C. This is always the case in the Comox Valley in March. This year, on average, the temperatures were warmer than […]

Heavy silt run-off into wetland

The wetland and a pond north of  Millard creek,  by the creek mouth, is suffering from heavy silt run-off.  There are fish and frogs in this area. With the new housing development the volume of water running into the wetland has increased, as it is no longer being absorbed by the land, and it runs […]

Water Quality 11 Nov 2014

Linda Mac, Cheuey and Steph went out testing on the afternoon of 11 November 2014, a clear, cool day.  All sites were in good shape. A coho was spotted in Piercy above the confluence, judged to be 18 ” long. Results can be viewed here:MPWS Water Quality 11 Nov 2014

Water Quality Nov 4th 2014

Cheuey and Teresa were testing on Nov 4th 2014.  There is plenty of water in the creeks now with some turbidity, but nothing over the top.  All results were good, tho Piercy at Willemar Outfall was a little warmer than provincial recommendations.  The recent rain has provided enough flow for spawners to make their way […]

Water Quality Testing Oct 28 2014

On Tuesday, 28th October 2014, water quality testing was cancelled as high winds made entering the forests dangerous. Our woods contain old trees which can fall in this weather. The creeks were also running high – an added danger for those going down slippery banks to test the water. However, a visual check was made at […]

Water Quality Testing Oct 21 2014

Cheuey, Sheila and Steve went testing today.  Rain had not been heavy overnight and so the creeks were at moderate height and relatively clear flowing. All test results were within testing guidelines.  The Copperfield wetland must have replenished as  Tributary 11 at Copperfield was running again. Heavy rain for the rest of the day probably […]

Water Quality October 14th 2014

Steph and Cheuey went out testing on a cloudy damp day after 2 days of light rain.  The Copperfield site was still dry, but Piercy was flowing well at all other sites. Piercy at Marsden was  turbid and oxygen was low. At River Meadows the Piercy main stem had a higher pH than is acceptable […]