Restoration Projects

We plan and manage a broad range of restoration projects aimed at reversing a long history of damage and neglect of aquatic habitats in Greater Victoria Watersheds.

Over time these projects have continued to grow in complexity as we deal with the combined effects of urbanization and climate change.

Whether it is extending salmon habitat accessibility, in-stream channel restoration, beach reconstruction or removing invasive plants and replanting with native species, our team is active throughout Greater Victoria.

Our goals include expanding and enhancing spawning and rearing habitat for Pacific salmon. This will help the recovery of populations of BC’s most iconic fish species and highlight their resilience through their response to restoration and conservation initiatives.

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Featured Projects

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Millstream Fishway

Completed in 2020, the Millstream Fishway removed a longstanding barrier to returning adult coho salmon, opening seven kilometres of previously inaccessible spawning and juvenile rearing habitat. The project also enables cutthroat trout to move freely up and down Millstream Creek.

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Colquitz River

Colquitz River is home to both cutthroat and coho salmon. In recent years, the number of coho spawners has declined, however, even a few spawning salmon give us hope that with proper habitat restoration, these fish can recover and succeed in urban watersheds.

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Tod Creek

On Tod Creek Flats, our water management plan optimizes and integrates floodplain management, wildlife and fish habitat. The Tod Creek Fishway, completed in 2015, eliminated a barrier to fish passage created by a century-old dam.  

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Swan Creek

Swan Creek is an urban salmon stream that was logged, then farmed and ditched in many areas. Despite many challenges caused by urbanization, the creek is once again fish-bearing thanks to the work of dedicated stewardship groups.

Other Projects

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Hagan-Graham Creeks

The Hagan-Graham Watershed is one of the largest on the Saanich Peninsula, spanning almost half of the Municipality of Central Saanich.

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Tetayut Creek

Tetayut Creek is largely contained in the District of Central Saanich, and plays a fundamental role in preserving the local genetic diversity of native fish species.

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Lochside Meadow

The Lochside Meadow is in Saanich, near Blenkinsop Creek, and adjacent to an electrical substation operated by BC Hydro.