ACTIVITIESOur ability to protect the Stoney Creek Watershed relies heavily on our volunteers who are involved in activities throughout the year.
Bird surveys are conducted throughout the year to help us assess the overall health of the watershed: location, species, number, gender, sex, activity, etc.
From time to time various sections of the creek and its tributaries require restoration to prevent streambank erosion, enhance the migration of salmon, etc.
Invasive Plant Removal
During spring/summer invasive plant species are removed to reduce their impact and provide space for native plants to grow.
Invertebrate surveys are conducted in spring/summer to monitor the health of the creek; measuring the presence, absence and abundance of species, habitat issues can be detected.
Juvenile Fish Trapping
Fish trapping occurs in spring/summer to monitor the health of young salmon and smaller species; the species, number and size of fish are recorded.
Bat boxes have been installed to provide a home and “nursery” for future bat populations and these are being monitored for activity year-round.
Photo by Alan James
Spawning Salmon Counts
Spawning salmon are counted regularly from mid-September through December to identify the number and species of fish returning to the creek.
Native Plant Restoration
Planting of native species usually takes place in the fall; these plants provide ideal habitat for birds and animals and also shade/shelter for the creek.
Debris and dumped garbage are removed from the creek in spring/summer to restore the creek and facilitate fish migration.
Storm Drain Marking
Fish are painted beside storm drains in urban neighbourhoods in spring through fall to raise awareness that they are connected to urban streams.
Water Quality Testing
Testing takes place year-round to identify sources of stream pollution and evaluate changes in water quality over time; temperature, pH levels and conductivity are recorded.
Throughout the year, SCEC members are also involved in:
- Advocacy—through relationships with all levels of government, other stakeholders, etc.
- Education—through stream bank walks, school workshops, etc.
- Fundraising—through relationships with community and corporate partners and sponsors, grant applications, etc.
- Raising Awareness—through media articles, participation in environmental events, etc.