The Hydro Hill Creek Watershed was impacted by the industrial scale logging that took place from 1950 to 1990, a time when logging sites did not consider wildlife or fish habitat. Today, the impacts persist, and forest and stream ecosystems in this watershed lack the necessary characteristics to support healthy and diverse wildlife populations.
We hope to promote the health of wild Coho, Cutthroat, Dolly Varden, and Rainbow Trout populations by developing a restoration plan that identifies the habitat conditions responsible, and restoring the watershed to a healthy state. This will largely translate to monitoring efforts at first, to specify issues and nuances.
Our objectives for the project are as follows:
Restoring flows and low water habitat
Providing improved spawning and rearing habitat as well as mitigate fish mortalities due to proximity to the road
Creating wetted habitat, and maintaining flows to secondary drainages
2. Habitat Restoration
Restoring the recovery of old growth characteristics in second-growth forest
Reduce stream bank erosion, increase infiltration, and improve water quality by planting for biodiversity
Create cover, shade, and refuge
Escapement counts, monitor health and growth of indigenous tree / shrub species, minding woody debris placement
4. Stewardship and Communication
Educate, and inspire stewardship through meaningful participation, and local engagement
Restoration efforts will be coordinated with First Nations, Parks Canada, Environment Canada, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Province of British Columbia, and conservation NGO’s.