Stoney Creek Brings Life to the Community
We count returning fish on alternating Saturdays and Sundays. Please see the calendar for current schedules.
Stoney Creek Environment Committee (SCEC) is a dedicated group of volunteers committed to protecting, preserving, and enhancing Burnaby’s urban forest and salmon bearing stream through various stream-keeping activities.
Over 130 years ago, the Brunette River basin consisted of forests, swamp and streams. the area supported a diversity of wildlife including bear and cougars, and abundant salmon and trout populations.
Changing land uses has resulted in the loss of many creeks and a reduction in wildlife populations. Despite the increasing pressure of urbanization, Stoney Creek which exists within the Brunette basin is one of the major fish-bearing creeks in Burnaby and an important oasis for wildlife.
The Stoney Creek Environment Committee (SCEC) was co-founded by Jennifer Atchison in 1994. At that time, Stoney Creek had undergone various modifications, driven largely by the development of the neighbourhood. On realizing that there were many different parties who had rights of way or other interests in the watershed, and noting a lack of discussion between them about the issues facing Stoney Creek, Jennifer called a meeting, and the SCEC was born.
Today the membership of the SCEC carries on the work of protecting the watershed and engaging the community through events like the Great Salmon Send-Off. We also continue to monitor and enhance habitat through our projects and stewardship activities. As you walk along the trails along Stoney Creek you may see the bench dedicated to Jennifer Atchison. We know she would be happy to know that the work of the SCEC continues to succeed.
A tribute to Jennifer Atchison was posted on the Salmon Enhancement and Habitat Advisory Board (SEHAB) website, written by our DFO Community Advisor. Clearly, she is remembered and recognized by many, and this letter outlines many of her wonderful qualities and achievements over the years. Some of her honours are highlighted in the timeline of the SCEC
Our meeting place on the grounds of the Stoney Creek Community School is named in her honour, the Jennifer Atchison Environmental Centre.
For salmon to continue to live in Stoney Creek, they need clean water. Please report immediately if you see toxic spills, dirty water or small dead or dying fish. Heavy siltation from runoff in the fall and winter may cover and smother eggs.
Provincial Emergency Program: 1.800.663.3456
(Emergency Call 24 hours)
Burnaby Environmental Services: 604.294.7200
Coquitlam Environmental Services: 604.927.3500
Deptartment of Fisheries and Oceans Observe, Record, Report Line : 1.866.845.6776
Let them know What you observed Where, and When. Use the numbers on the map to locate the incident.
Guidelines for reporting dead wild birds to Government Agencies
What to report to Wildlife Agencies:
Groups of 3 or more dead birds (any species) found in the same geographic location.
The following individual dead birds:
Species at risk
Highly susceptible species (swans, ducks)
Raptors (eagles, hawks, owls)
Water-adapted bird species (waterfowl in general, shorebirds, water-associated birds).
These wild bird mortalities should be reported by calling 1-866-431-BIRD (2473). Reports will be recorded, assessed to determine if further investigation is warranted, and if so, guidance will be provided on a case by case basis. Here the information sheet.
Report bat encounters
If you find a dead bat or see a bat flying in the winter, please contact the South Coast Bat Conservation Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-855-922-2287 ext. 11 as soon as possible for further information. See details here.
What might you see in Stoney Creek?
In Fall and Winter:
- Large salmon swimming upstream from mid-October through January. They come to lay eggs in the gravel and then die.
- Carcasses of the dead fish or cut fish that volunteers have placed along the banks. Decaying carcasses release minerals and nutrients and promote invertebrate growth that will serve as a food source for the young fish.
- You probably won`t see the gravel nests, called `redds`, because they are camouflaged. Dogs and people going in the stream will crush the hidden eggs.
In Spring and Summer
- Small fish - there are 5 salmon species in Stoney Creek: Coho, Chum, Cutthroat trout, Pink and the occasional Chinook. There are also endangered Nooksack Dace close to the Brunette River.
- Other wildlife - crayfish, lampreys, and myriad insects.
How can you help?
Fish needs safe passage through the stream and in their spawning beds.
- Keep yourself and dogs from walking in the stream.
- Keep soaps, cleaners, oils, antifreeze, and paints out of your storm drains.
- Wash your car with phosphate-free, biodegradable soaps or use a commercial car wash.
- Attend an information walk or join the Stoney Creek Environment Committee - email info(at)scec.ca for information.
Life cycle of Coho
Spawn: mid-October to December
Hatch: January to March and live in the creek for a year
Smolts: (1 1/2 year-olds) leave the creek in May to live in the ocean
Return to spawn: 18 months later.
Water monitoring John Templeton has been diligently taking conductivity measurements in Stoney Creek over the summer. You can see that the high conductivity values show the contribution of contaminated groundwater during the spell of dry weather. Summer 2017 to...read more
Jennifer Atchison ENVIRONMENT CENTER
Education and Advocacy Representative
Alan James: alan_james[@]handshake.ca
OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE
Contact the Stoney Creek Environment Committee
Attend a Meeting
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Jennifer Atchison Environmental Centre, 2730 Beaverbrook Crescent, on the north end of the Stoney Creek Community School grounds.
Members are welcome to attend. If you would like to discuss something, please send an email to email@example.com.
SCEC depends on its members' and volunteers' availability and commitment. Stoney Creek provides an opportunity for everyone to take part on stream stewardship, such as:
- stream habitat survey,
- water quality survey and monitoring,
- stream invertebrate survey,
- storm drain marking,
- stream clean-up,
- streamside planting,
- juvenile fish trapping and identification,
- salmonid spawner survey,
- riparian area enhancement,
- bird watching,
- observe, record, and report unlawful activities that affect fish, wildlife, and aquatic habitat, and
- education and awareness.
It is important to recognize that volunteers augment the work of SCEC. If volunteers weren’t here, the work wouldn’t be done. Or at least the work wouldn’t be done to the level or amount with volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, check out the calendar of activities.
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