Swan Creek Restoration and Stewardship

Press Release:  September 10th, 2012

From:  Peninsula Streams Society

Swan Creek Restoration and Stewardship

Peninsula Streams Society has developed a partnership with the Swan Lake-Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary and the District of Saanich to develop plans to restore Swan Creek.  This is the beginning of a 5+ year program of rehabilitation of the Swan Creek watershed, involving many diverse segments of the community.  The creation of a new stewardship group (“Friends of Swan Creek”) will help guide restoration, and its planning and implementation in Swan Creek which is part of the greater Colquitz watershed.

This fall, initial habitat restoration will serve as a demonstration that there has been a constructive response to the plight of 40+ returning Coho salmon, who had virtually no place to spawn last year.  New signage will assist residents in reporting any spills.  A 5 year restoration plan will be developed in conjunction with the partners including the District of Saanich.  Based on Peninsula Streams’ experience with the restoration and reestablishment of Coho in Reay Creek near Sidney, there are expectations that on a good Coho return year, up to 600 spawners could be produced by the potential habitat available in Swan Creek/Blenkinsop Creek.  Initial funding has been provided by the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Ministry of Transportation and Highways, the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, with in-kind support from the District of Saanich.

A meeting will be held from 7 – 9 pm on October 23rd at George Pearkes Centre, Owen Room, to inform the public about this project and provide the community an opportunity to volunteer.

For more information about the Swan Creek Restoration Project please contact:

Ian D. Bruce, R.P.Bio.

Executive Coordinator

Peninsula Streams Society

250 888-2191