On behalf of the Harbour City River Stewards, I am pleased to announce that volunteers are needed for two projects on the Chase River.
The first is a Chase River Clean-up Weekend. A student from the VIU Resource Management Officer Technology has prepared a report of large and small items along the river. The Nanaimo Recycling exchange has offered the use of their truck. There are over 14 shopping carts on (in) the Chase River! Come out and be a part of the clean-up. We would like to publicize the event and let everyone know we care about Chase River. We are considering the weekend of August 18 and 19 for the event.
The second is the Community Watershed Monitoring Program of the Regional District of Nanaimo. Last year, 6-7 groups conducted water sampling on their watersheds across south-central Vancouver Island. This cooperative program between the BC Ministry of Environment and the Regional District of Nanaimo is looking to expand their efforts in 2012. Sampling data will be used to help determine future zoning, bylaws, area planning, and assist in better land use decisions across Vancouver Island. The Ministry of Environment would like to develop “watershed report cards”. There are several levels of commitment available, and 5 sites along the Chase River, Cat Stream, and Beck Creek have been identified as sampling locations. The Regional District of Nanaimo will provide the water testing equipment. Training for the program is July 24 (see email below). More information on the program is also available at:
If you are interested in participating in either of the projects on the Chase River please contact Dan Fox at:
Dan Fox – Technician
Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
Vancouver Island University
Office 380 – 114
900 Fifth St.
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5
office (250) 753-3245 ext 6370
cell (250) 618-8307
Email sent to Community Watershed Monitoring Network: July 24th Training from Christina Metherall – RDN
There will be a Community Watershed Monitoring Equipment Training Day on Tuesday, July 24th. This training day is mandatory for all new Community Watershed Monitoring Program participants. We strongly encourage all participants who were involved in monitoring last year to attend a training session as a refresher.
There will be two training sessions on July 24th:
1. Qualicum Beach Workshop: 9:30AM-11:30AM – Water St., Qualicum Beach
Directions: Going North out of Qualicum on the Old Island highway (Highway 19a) turn left on Kinkade, Right on Waters. Park at the gate. We’ll meet at the cars, and then walk down the river together.
2. Nanaimo Workshop: 2PM-4PM – Bowen Park lower picnic shelter
Directions: Wall Street parking lot, across from curling rink. We’ll meet in the parking lot and walk down to the river together.
Please RSVP so that we can ensure we have enough sets of equipment and trainers on site. As well, if you can forward this message on to any other members of your group that you know may be interested in participating, that would be great. I would be happy to add new participants to the email list.
What to Bring: For the training session, please come dressed for the weather with appropriate footwear (i.e. hiking boots/shoes) and clothing, water, note-taking materials, and sunscreen. Each group will be provided with an instruction handbook, however if you are anything like me, you may feel the need to take your own notes. There will be minimal walking/exertion for the day, however the training will occur in streamside areas so it will be important to be dressed for some walking and uneven ground. Light refreshments will be available on break.
Finally, thank you very much for your interest and your help with this important program.
I look forward to working with you in August and seeing you in July.
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