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PSS in Saanich – Check out the article in Our Backyard

Check out the article entitled “Working to Restore the Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems within Saanich” on page 6 of Our Backyard by PSS’s own Katrina Adams, Senior Aquatic Biologist, about our work on the Colquitz Creek Watershed . For more info on the work being done on the Colquitz watershed, please take a look at […]
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Urgent: Community Support Needed for Roberts Bay Restoration

Roberts Bay is an important estuary on the northeast side of the Saanich Peninsula in the Town of Sidney and the W̱SÁNEĆ Traditional Territories. The bay is part of the Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary, which was established in 1931 and encompasses 144 hectares of sheltered bays and extensive intertidal mudflats. While Roberts Bay is […]
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Thank you to Saanich Fair Volunteers

We would like to extend a big THANK YOU! to the 26 volunteers who came out to support us at the Saanich Fair.  The event was a great success as an outreach event; we actively engaged with the more than 1000 people who stopped by our booth and enrolled 21 new members.  Check out our post on Facebook . A […]
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Project done by UVic Community Mapping on Colquitz River restoration

Head to the Colquitz Restoration page on the website to read the paper on the Colquitz River – Copley Park Restoration restoration in full – LINK
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Songhees Walkway Beach Restoration

Check out Songhees Walkway Beach Restoration in the News   LINK TO NEWS
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Summer Newsletters

The Summer Newsletters Are Here! Catch up on the latest PSS news in the July Newsletter and the Schooler  along with back copies of all our previous newsletters – available HERE
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Local by Nature – Colquitz River Restoration

View a video from the Youtube channel of Engage with Nature-Based Solutions on the Restoration of the Colquitz River featuring Peninsula Streams & Shorelines own Ian Bruce!  Link Here
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Gr 3 Education Program – Update

Another Successful Grade 3 Education Season   As our grade 3 environmental education program draws to a close for the season, we leave with a greater appreciation for the importance of this program to the goals of Peninsula Streams. Not to mention a greater appreciation for elementary school teachers! Our grade 3 program involves two […]
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Annual General Meeting

Save the Date Reminder – Annual General Meeting – May 27th Reminder that we are holding the Annual General Meeting on May 27th. Please note that there has been a change in times – the meeting is now being held from 2:30pm until 4:00 pm.  The location of the the meeting is the Central Saanich Seniors’ Centre at […]
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The Keating Industrial Park Watershed Protection Initiative

Graham and Tetayut Creeks, downstream of Keating Industrial Park, have regularly experienced high levels of pollution. In response, Peninsula Streams is working on a watershed protection initiative focused on educating businesses in the Industrial Park. The Keating Industrial Park is located on the border of the ḰENNES (Hagan-Graham) and Tetayut watersheds in Central Saanich, with […]
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2023 Spring Online Auction is Live!

Our 3rd Annual Online Auction is now live!  Keep checking in, as more items will be added throughout the week.   2023 Spring Online Auction   Auction opens: Friday March 10th at 10 AM Auction ends: Sunday Mar. 19th at 10 PM We have lots of fabulous offerings again this year, in many Categories, including Experiences, Fishing, Food & Drink. We hope you […]
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Curious About What Peninsula Streams Actually Does?

Click  below to see a presentation of what we achieved this summer and fall.
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Colquitz River Restoration – In the News!

See page 10 in the Fall 2022 edition of ‘Our Backyard’ for an article written by Katrina Adams, Sr. Aquatic Biologist for PSS, outlining the ongoing salmon spawning habitat restoration project on the Colquitz River.   https://www.saanich.ca/assets/Community/Documents/Planning/OurBackyardFall2022Web.pdf
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The most important species you’ve never heard of!

Sharing an event from Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society – BC   Join me next week! Learn about the tiny but mighty sandlance Donate  |  Take Action  | About   Meet our Marine Special Guest Pop quiz! What common west coast fish spends most of its life buried in the sand but is vitally important to the […]
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Peninsula Streams in the News!

Check out the links below from recent stories on Chek TV Forage Fish returning to Pocket Beach. https://www.cheknews.ca/forage-fish-make-a-return-to-pocket-beach-in-vic-west-1109074/ Bio-Engineered Fencing on Mermaid Creek https://www.cheknews.ca/mermaid-creek-receives-new-bio-engineered-fencing-1108235/
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It’s Time to Renew your Membership!

The 2023 Membership portal is now open! Regular Membership – $10 Student Membership – $5   Please also consider becoming a Volunteer by clicking on the Volunteer button and filling in the survey. We have many ways that you can help us protect and manage the streams and watersheds in the Greater Victoria region.   […]
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What’s a Rain Garden? Green Stormwater Infrastructure Explained

Rain gardens are vegetated areas in urban environments, designed to capture, hold, cool and filter water on the landscape. Rain gardens hold water where it can either evaporate, be transpired by plants (loss of water through leaves, stems, and flowers), or seep deep into the soil and groundwater. These gardens are an example of ‘Green […]
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Local Landowner Restores Backyard Stream and Inspires a Watershed Community

Did you know that many members of our Greater Victoria community have the potential to take on meaningful restoration projects on their own property? However, restoration can be an intimidating prospect, as it involves more than simply digging out some invasive plants. So, how do community members transform a backyard space into a habitat for […]
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Community-Level Climate Change: Long-Term Monitoring of Water Levels at Gardners Pond

Climate change is a growing global concern with significant implications for local aquatic ecosystems. As a result of shifted moisture regimes, streams within Greater Victoria are threatened by low summer flows, which can result in fish strandings (fish trapped in small, hot pools) and deaths. Peninsula Streams Society mitigates these effects by building the health […]
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Education in the Salish Sea: The link between Whale Watching and Forage Fish Conservation

by Carmen Pavlov, Environmental Support Technician Living near the Salish Sea brings a diverse range of wildlife to our doorstep, including seabirds, intertidal critters, fish, and the charismatic Orca (Orcinus orca). Orcas in B.C are classified into three groups: residents (Northern and Southern), transients, and offshores. All three have distinct diets, social/family groups, hunting strategies, […]
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What’s In The Water? Community Water Quality Monitoring, Volunteering, and a Life full of Science

Environmental non-profits thrive when supported by volunteer contributions and citizen science. Our volunteers’ dedication and passion are what drive our community-based environmental conservation...
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Building Hope for Salmon at Millstream Creek

Working on the Millstream Creek Fishway Project allowed Farmer Construction to further our understanding of how to use urban building knowledge to create salmon enhancement habitat.
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Rivers, Rain and Change

In spite of COVID-19 we’ve managed to begin beach cleanups, plan fall school programs, reinstated our volunteer water quality sampling, and are ramping up forage fish beach surveys
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Breaking Water by Building with Rocks

Over sixty metric tons of rock and spawning gravel have been added to the Swan Creek since 2014. This is about the weight of a space shuttle!
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Volunteers Needed for Creatures of Habitat 2019

“Creatures of Habitat” is an environmental education program that we deliver annually to Grade 6 and 7 students to coincide with Earth Day
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Colquitz Coalition Annual Meeting – Feb. 13, 2019

See various notes and downloads from our Annual Meeting of the Colquitz Coalition.
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Island View Beach Clean-up

Meet us on Saturday, December 15 at 10:00 am to help clean up Island View Beach with a special appearance from Santa!
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Help Saanich Peninsula students help the Environment!

Please consider volunteering for our 10th Annual Creatures of Habitat events this spring! Volunteers are needed to provide instruction and supervision to the students during the outdoor activities.
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