On October 30th over 40 interested community stewards boarded the Community Action Bus for a tour of the Tod Creek Watershed. Over three hours we visited four restoration sites and got to hear from the lead stewards and project managers about each of the projects. Winona and Mary from the Friends of Tod Creek Watershed spoke to us about Whitehead Park and their ongoing efforts to improve water quality and the riparian vegetation in the park and on Prospect Lake (the headwaters to Tod Creek). The bus next took us to Tod Creek Flats, where Mary and Ian (Executive Coordinator of Peninsula Streams Society) talked about our restoration project that will increase salmon survival on the flats, as well as facilitate a longer farming period on the flats. Then to Gowlland Tod Provincial Park we went, to check out the fishway on Tod Creek Dam, newly installed (in 2015) by The Butchart Gardens. Our final destination was Tod Inlet, where Nikki from Seachange Marine Conservation Society and Ian talked about plans for beach restoration as a step to returning the Inlet to a more productive and better functioning state.
A massive thanks to everyone who attended, and we hope to see you the next time ’round~!
See more photos here.