~ The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.- Native American Proverb ~

Tsolum River Restoration Society

 

  WELCOME to our Website

Please contact us if you have information, questions, suggestions, ideas, photos or video that you would like to see posted


2014 Pink Salmon Count Orientation Session

Saturday September 6, 10:00 AM at the Rees Bridge


Meet at the Rees Bridge (the single lane bridge over the Tsolum with traffic lights on Dove Ceek Road) at 10:00 AM

If you have your own waders please bring them so we can test for holes/leaks and get them repaired for the first count on September 7.

The Orientation Session will be the beginning of forming counting teams, identifying Reach Leaders and making sure everyone is equiped and ready.

Hope to see all you intrepid counters there!

We will require some swimmers as well as the season progresses. We have a number of dry dive suits but you will need your own mask and fins

Some 35 volunteers were involved in a full count of the river during the 2013 pink run and our profound thanks go out to each and every one of you.

The Tsolum River is closed to all fishing year round due to special conservation values. Please see the "About TRRS" Page.

            

 Rainwater Management

work being done by Convening for Action On Vancouver Island (CAVI) 

Check it out! Click Here



From "Mary"; a student studying water conservation found this website. Please share...

 http://www.improvenet.com/a/water-conservation-at-home


click here for Tsolum Legacy Video

For more information please call Jack at 250.897-4670 (please leave a message with your name and number if no answer) or email tsolumriver@shaw.ca


Excellent videos and films about the Tsolum River

by filmmaker Ed Homer

Click Here for Ed's full website



 Check out this link about Garry Oaks...



Click here to view the Latest Minesite Graph 

 Call 250.897-4670 

or email tsolumriver [at] shaw.ca or go to our "Contact Us" page

The Tsolum Celebrates Another Year in the Right Direction

Water Quality continues to improve, we are understanding the fish cycles better  and we have  small improvements in pink and coho salmon and cutthroat trout numbers.  In addition, banks continue to be stabilized, riparian zones replanted and our knowledgable membership grows with dedicated volunteers and landowners throughout the 260 sq. Km watershed.

Thanks to a $4.5 million dollar allocation of BC taxpayers money to remediate the old mine we have effectively seen the end of 44 years of acid rock drainage.

Now we tackle the next limiting factors to the health of the river and you can help! We are currently designing a series of studies to complete our Biophysical understanding and to create a baseline upon which to measure our successes as we move forward.


Motivated by the two highest flow events in the history of the Tsolum River (November 2009 and December 2010) that caused flooding in the City with roads closed, infrastructure threatened and residents unable to access their homes a report was commissioned by the City, RD and TimberWest. 

 

Click here for the report

 

 

Past News

 

Tsolum River Partnership wins Premier’s Award of Excellence for Innovation in Partnerships!

Click Here to see the video…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPRGie4qv8k

  


Full analysis of this and previous year’s numbers will be available soon – stay tuned.

  

SCOUT TREES 2011 Thursday April 7, 2011

 

 

3000 trees planted!

 

Click Here for the latest newsletter (Winter 2011)

http://www.tsolumriver.org/newsletters/Winter2011Bulletin.pdf

 

 Independent Study of Tsolum Watershed Flooding Underway

CLICK HERE TO SEE CV RECORD ARTICLE

See below "Tsolum In Flood - Highest flows ever recorded on Dec 24, 2010 at 278 Cubic Cms per second!"

 

 The GREAT FRY MOVE of 2011 went very well. 31 volunteers showed up and with all the suggestions and two trucks we were all done by 8:30 PM!

 

 

 The latest data from the minesite shows complete success to date! Not one reading has gone over target since the fall of 2009!

The Latest Media Release on the Minesite - Click Here

 

THE TSOLUM FACILITY SURVIVED THE FLOOD OF DECEMBER 2010!

The hatchery was in serious flood over Christmas with the building flooded and creek water running freely into the raceways...

 

 

 

 

      

 

Tsolum In Flood - Highest flows ever recorded on Dec 24, 2010 at 278 Cubic Cms per second!

New Reach of the Tsolum River not only survived the flood waters but showed its mettle!

 

 After: Weir Feild installed

 Before; note active erosion  

        

 Tsolum in flood December 24, 2010 with Weir feild completely submerged: Note flow is well away from bank and where there was active erosion we now see quiet water

 

 

 

 

After the flood: note weirs all intact, no erosion occurred and we gained a piece of large woody debris

 Latest from the Minesite

The site is covered and ready to plant!
 
Woody debris had been spead on the site on top of the till and organic soils to prevent snowmobiles and ATV's from bombing all over the site tearing it up and for long-term organic material as the woody debris rots over time providing nutrients for revegetation.
 
 
 
 
                      
 
 
 
 
Latest Video from the old mine site!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yCh7Dci8l0

You are reminded that this site is an active mining operation and is OFF LIMITS to vistors! Trespassing charges will be laid. 

 Latest Data From Spectacle Lake Wetland has shown higher levels leaving than levels entering. This is not indicitive of poor performance but of lag time due to lower flows moving through very slowly. The higher levels from an earlier reading take so long to move through the wetland they are leaving at a time when lower levels have been recorded entering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 
 ART CARDS and PRINTS Available

A wonderful set of art cards and prints are available from the TRRS. Featuring the fine photography of Father Charles Brandt these can be purchased by calling Willa Cannon at 250 337-8524                 

These are an ongoing fundraiser for the TRRS with all sales going to make fish, repair habitat and complete watershed planning

Latest News

Tsolum Celebrates this year!
With water quality back to normal, a run of 60,000 pinks and 2500 coho it is time for us to throw a party!
A free (voluntary donation/membership at door) family-friendly event ...

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Breaking News - Posted by: Jack Minard on Saturday February 8, 2014 at 11:21 am

RST In water earliest ever!
Mergansers and Kingfishers are actively fishing in the River. This means the pink fry are on the move.
This is far earlier than just a few years ago as timings are changing it ...

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Breaking News - Posted by: Jack Minard on Saturday February 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

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