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STREAMKEEPERS

 

Who is a Streamkeeper?

A streamkeeper is someone who has taken an active interest in preserving and enhancing their local waterways. They are willing to learn more about their streams, and partner with other groups that have a similar focus, as well as all levels of government.

Streamkeepers come from all walks of life. Professionals, retirees, students, anyone who has an interest in the environment. Some groups have regular meetings, and organize events for the full year. Others simply do tasks at the time they need to be done.

What is the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation?

The Pacific Streamkeepers Federation (http://www.pskf.ca/index.php) is a nonprofit society helping streamkeepers take action through training and support, public education and building partnerships.  Over 300 volunteers are currently participating in B.C. and the Yukon.

Development of the Streamkeepers Program began in October 1993 as an initiative of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.  Federal government funds were used to create the Streamkeepers Handbook and Modules

What are Streamkeepers “modules”?

The Streamkeepers Handbook and Modules is a downloadable document that includes outlines of 14 types of projects for getting actively involved in your local stream.

Here in Horsefly, we are currently focussed on the following six modules:

  • Module 1 – Introductory Stream Habitat Survey
  • Module 2 – Advanced Stream Habitat Survey
  • Module 3 – Water Quality Survey
  • Module 4 – Stream Invertebrate Survey
  • Module 7 – Streamside Planting
  • Module 11 – Juvenile Fish Trapping and Identification

(most of the images are of previous Salmon Festivals and are courtesy of Mark Conlin)

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