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 Environmental Assessment

  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Stream flow and water quality studies
  • Compensation/mitigation measures development
  • Coordination of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Regulatory filings and permit applications

Planning and Feasibility

  • Stakeholder engagement and consultation
  • Project/program development and designs
  • Applied fisheries research
  • Multi-disciplinary problem-solving

 

Fisheries Inventory

  • Fish counts or sampling using passive and/or active census techniques including bank counts, helicopter counts, drone surveys, trapping, netting, angling, snorkel surveys, migration fences, radio-telemetry, PIT tagging/sensing, electrofishing
  • Study design and sampling in large rivers to small streams, lakes, estuaries, and near-shore marine environments
  • Results reported in standard or fisheries agency formats including SILs, data files, technical memoranda or comprehensive technical reports (publishable)

 

Hydrological Assessment

  • Stream discharge measurements
  • Installation and operation of hydrometric stations
  • Water level monitoring
  • Training of streamkeepers and stewards
  • Staff are “accredited” by Water Survey of Canada to supply discharge measurements

 

Habitat Restoration

  • Bio-engineering/riparian planting
  • Floodplain reconnection
  • Sediment control/remediation
  • Mainstem habitat complexing (LWD, boulder gardens, etc.)
  • Bank stabilization, boulder groins
  • Off channel construction or enhancement
  • Invasive species management
  • Estuarine restoration and reclamation
  • Spawning platforms; bulk gravel programs
  • Stream enrichment (see below)
  • Project conceptualization, design, permitting, contract management, implementation, post-construction monitoring and maintenance

 

Environmental/Construction Monitoring

  • Monitoring for environmental assessments
  • Sediment management planning and implementation
  • Fish salvage operations
  • Construction monitoring
  • Short and long term post-construction monitoring

 

Nutrient Enrichment

  • Solid or liquid nutrient additions to streams to improve primary productivity and smolt output
  • Liquid nutrient additions to lakes to increase productivity, fish size and angling opportunity
  • Baseline and monitoring studies to confirm nutrient enrichment project safety and evaluate effectiveness

 

First Nations

Over the last decade, BCCF has developed strategic partnerships with many First Nations on Vancouver Island.  In particular, our First Nations Legacy Strategy (FNLS), funded through the Living Rivers – Georgia Basin/Vancouver Island program, has assisted First Nations to develop capacity to engage in and lead watershed projects and processes. Existing partnerships have been strengthened and new relationships developed with A-Tlegay Fisheries Society, Cowichan Tribes, Hupacasath, Kwakiutl, Lake Cowichan, Pacheedaht, Qualicum, Tsawout and the Tseshaht.  These First Nations, supported by the FNLS, are providing leadership towards implementing innovative solutions to address long standing watershed issues. Finally, the FNLS has facilitated First Nations involvement across the total spectrum of LR-GB/VI technical projects including habitat restoration, water stewardship, effectiveness monitoring, estuarine assessment and production planning.  FNLS partnerships have resulted in four full time First Nations fisheries biologists and 10 fisheries technicians working in a variety of communities on a range of important initiatives. 

First Nation engagement in watershed management is becoming a cornerstone of resource development in BC.  Continued economic prosperity in the Province will require an educated, skilled First Nation workforce and the FNLS partnerships of BCCF are important examples of how to achieve successful outcomes.