Stoney Creek Brings Life to the Community

The Great Salmon Send-Off

Mark your calendars for this fun community event.

Watch & Report

Who to contact if you see a problem on the creek.

CURRENT EVENTS

Juvenile Counts

Returning Salmon in 2017

Returning Chum

Returning Coho

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.

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.

Contacts

Provincial Emergency Program: 1.800.663.3456
(Emergency Call 24 hours)

A Summer Evening at Colony Farm

  Bubbles first ... Then tiny ripples on the water's surface - Three heads pop up ... Beavers! Little paws eagerly reach up To pull blackberry branches down to the water's edge. Fresh blackberry leaves A tasty snack make! A Northern harrier drifts overhead So...

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Stoney Creek Weed Warriors!

Removed 44 bags of invasive plants from the Stoney Creek Forest! Targeted policeman's helmet and impatiens parviflora. Held 5 plant pulls from May - Aug. 2016. Had 19 different participants. Averaged 5 - 10 people out per work party. Group leaders:  Kathy Leko and...

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CONTACT

Jennifer Atchison ENVIRONMENT CENTER

2730 Beaverbrook Crescent, Burnaby, BC

 

Mailing address

PO Box 56522
Lougheed Mall PO
Burnaby BC, V3J 7W2

EMAIL

info@scec.ca
birds@scec.ca

plants@scec.ca

Education and Advocacy Representative
Alan James: alan_james@handshake.ca

Membership

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OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE

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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 have it added to the agenda.

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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Riparian zones are important refuges for bird species; especially in urban areas. Stoney Creek currently has two groups doing regular bird surveys to assess the health of our bird populations. These surveys also serve as an indicator of the overall health of the Stoney Creek Corridor. At the moment volunteers walk one of three survey circuits varying in length and habitat. Each circuit has been broken up into sections, or stations, to help pinpoint bird sightings.

Birders record what they see and hear:
– bird species
– number encountered
– male or female
– adult or juvenile
– station number
– any unusual activity

Two people must verify visual or audible sightings for accuracy. This data is then entered onto an Excel spreadsheet for further analysis.


Water quality has been monitored in Stoney Creek since 1998 to help identify sources of stream pollution, as well as evaluate changes in the creek’s water quality over time. This activity takes place year-round. Samples are collected at key locations or set stations by individuals on a regular basis and analyzed for physical and chemical parameters back at the Jennifer Atchison Environment Centre.

As salt contamination has been an issue of concern in Stoney Creek, we correlated our measurements with the water’s salt content, which results from road salt storage and use at SFU.See the recent reports on Road Salt and Salmon.

We are also in the early stages of bringing a data-logger online which will allow us to monitor the water quality at a set location on a continual basis!

With success, we hope to bring in additional data-loggers to provide coverage of key areas on the creek and its tributaries.

Aquatic invertebrates have an important role in the ecological functioning of streams. They help break down organic matter such as woody debris which provide usable nutrients to other aquatic life. They eat microscopic plants, and are the primary source of food for fish and some birds, amphibians, and small mammals that live in the area.

Aquatic invertebrates include insects which live part of their life cycle in the water and crustaceans such snails, and crayfish.Aquatic invertebrates are being more extensively used by researchers as a way to monitor stream health. If water quality is poor, pollution sensitive invertebrates perish, while others which are pollution tolerant increase in numbers.

They are also sensitive to physical changes such as increases in siltation or water temperature. In addition, catastrophic events such as chemical spills can often be detected by a complete absence of stream invertebrate populations. By measuring the presence, absence and abundance of different species, habitat problems can often be detected.Invertebrate monitoring has been an on-going activity in Stoney Creek since 1997.

We compare invertebrate populations between locations, season, and monitor changes in these populations over time. In the future, invertebrate sampling may also be used to monitor areas where periodic poor water quality has been reported.

To monitor the health of young salmon and smaller species like the cutthroat trout that are not easily viewed otherwise, small minnow traps are used to temporarily catch these fish. We record the species, numbers of fish trapped, their sizes, and also collect water to check its quality at the time of the survey.From the time the fish are transferred from the trap into a clear bag, the work is done quickly to minimize the stress on the young fish.

Come and join us at this annual event which includes displays and activities provided by our volunteers, community groups and organizations, live entertainment and, of course, the main event: the opportunity to release young salmon into Stoney Creek.

The “GSSO” takes place on the second Saturday in May from 10am to 2pm in the grounds of the Stoney Creek Community School and has a strong reputation in the community, bringing a great turnout of participants and attendees, rain or shine!

Our 2018 event was held on Saturday, May 12 and was very well attended. This was our 28th year!

GSSO 2013 Images

Community Participation

Community groups and organizations who support the Stoney Creek Environment Committee and the environment are invited to provide a display for this event. We encourage demonstrations, games or activities that provide interactions for families and children. Tent space, tables and chairs can be provided as as required. Planning generally begins in January each year.

For further information and an application to participate in our next event in May 2019, please contact Pat Hargreaves at phargreaves60[@]gmail.com

Friends of Stoney Creek

Membership

When you join the Stoney Creek Environment Committee, you lend your voice to our efforts to keep Stoney Creek as wild and as productive as possible in an urban setting.

Membership perks include free streamkeeping training by the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation as well as a subscription to the BC Nature magazine.