Trestle Channel Effectiveness Monitoring Plan 2018

In 2017 Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) initiated a pilot project to develop standard methods for routine effectiveness monitoring (REM) of their projects. Five recently completed, PSF funded project sites in the Fraser Valley were selected for inclusion. One of these is the Trestle Channel Project, the most recent phase of restoration of the Browne Creek Wetlands in south Chilliwack. The project was led by the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition (FVWC) with design and construction supervision provided by the local Resource Restoration Unit of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Work was completed in March 2016. It received support, including funding and in-kind contributions from a broad range of local institutions and organizations (FVWC 2015).

REM is envisioned as collaboration between the group(s) that led project construction, local First Nations and professional biologists. The intent is to collect high quality data for evaluation of project success, to increase awareness of habitat issues, and help build technical capacity within First Nations and the stewardship groups. In this case, participants from Soowahlie First Nation, The WaterWealth Project, Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition and the broader community are working with Pearson Ecological to collect the data.

This report describes the effectiveness monitoring plan and methodology of the Trestle Channel project and reference sites. It is based on the projects goals and objectives, as articulated in the original funding application from FVWC to the PSF Community Salmon Program and on the project monitoring plan workshop held on October 5, 2017.

Nooksack Dace Collection Guidelines 2015

Section 32 of Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) prohibits2 (among others) the killing, harming, harassing, capturing, taking, collecting, or possessing of the Nooksack Dace (Rhinichthys cataractae ssp.), a species listed on Schedule 1 of SARA as Endangered. If your activity may impact the Nooksack Dace in one of the ways mentioned above, a permit under SARA may be required to comply with the Act. The onus is on you to ensure your activities comply with SARA.

This document provides advice for the capture, handling, scientific study, and salvage of the Nooksack Dace. The guidelines herein are intended to minimize harm to the Nooksack Dace, and are considered the best practices for capture, handling, scientific study, and salvage of the Nooksack Dace. By following these guidelines, acute mortality of Nooksack Dace as a result of trapping should be <1%.