Katzie Slough Blind Channel – Habitat Monitoring

 Catching Salmon SmeltsPacific Salmon Foundation LogoIn spring this year, ARMS received a  grant from the Pacific Salmon Foundation to monitor the health of a newly constructed channel in Pitt Meadows for overwintering salmonid species.  ARMS coordinated training for Katzie youth to assist in monitoring the channel.  This compensation project is a Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure initiative to offset lost habitat from Katzie Slough when Highway 7 in Pitt Meadows was expanded to install a bus lane.

ARMS started Year 1 monitoring back in May with Mike Pearson from Pearson Ecological. Mike led a small crew of volunteers from Katzie and ARMS to set and retrieve juvenile fish traps and lay vegetation plots to record the type, number and size of plants occurring in the project area.

Streamkeepers training was completed in July with ARMS volunteers, staff, and Katzie youth  in attendance.  Coho Creek, Maple Ridge provided a perfect training area.  The weather cooperated and we had a great learning experience.  Training was provided by the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation.

In mid August, ARMS staff and volunteers had the opportunity to learn about photo-point monitoring camera skills.  This is a technique used to monitor changes in habitat over the different seasons.

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