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2002 June Minutes For The Gold River Streamkeepers Society

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GOLD RIVER STREAM KEEPERS SOCIETY MINUTES FOR JUNE 18/02

IN ATTENDENCE: PAUL SMITH, PATRICK WATSON, KEVIN DELLO, CHRIS ERIKSON, MIKE THURBER, DARREL GLASS, AND FLOYD NASWELL. ALSO IN ATTENDENCE WERE RANDY BROCHU AND CHELSEA CUMMINGS AS OBSERVERS.

Meeting called to order at 7:07 pm. Introductions followed around the table. Paul asked that everyone sign the attendance sheet for administration protocol. Paul asked for changes or additions to agenda. Hearing none Paul asked for a motion to accept agenda. Darrel moved to accept agenda, seconded by Chris Erikson. Called to question, all in favor so moved. Paul asked that everyone read over minutes for changes or additions. Floyd moved to accept minutes, Mike Thurber seconded, called to question all in favor.

Paul updated the Storm Drain Marking event. Paul asked for ideas from everyone for project funding in the fall. Darrel talked about Scout Lake and the dying off of a few frogs and was wondering if we shouldn’t be looking into this. Paul asked how many frogs have been counted. Darrel responded that only about 5. Some discussion followed around the low water table levels in all watersheds this spring and the effect of low levels on the ecology of the watershed. We will wait and see if more frogs die off before looking into this, as it might just be a normal process. Chris Erikson said Roger had approached him about partnering or setting up a project where we pick a wild system and CWT the migrating smolts to tie into escapement data in the fall. Dunlop and Siwash Creeks were discussed as possibilities. Chris Erikson will let Roger know we are interested

Paul talked about the problem of a meeting place and mentioned that the Aquatic Center meeting room # 1 is only $14.50 per hour. Mike Thurber stated that we should be able to go before council and request an exemption of costs. We will confirm this with Jim. Paul talked about the upcoming Shore Keepers assessment/training exercise at Tuta Beach. Paul also talked briefly about Photo Point Monitoring training for sometime in the fall when all the leaves have dropped and the rains haven’t arrived big time yet. Paul talked about the Pacific Salmon Foundation funding for the Conuma Off Channel and how we were only awarded half of the funding. Paul has had a tough time trying to find funding for the other half and we might have to wait another year for funding the rest of it before we can proceed. Mike Thurber volunteered to help Paul find other funding opportunities. Paul updated everyone on the Hutchinson Creek final report. Paul commented on the Stream Keepers training this weekend and introduced the two potential new members (Randy and Chelsea). Paul talked about Siwash (Delorial) Creek assessment possibilities and stated he will be asking WFP for any assessment data they may have on file. Mike Thurber talked about some electrical equipment he has purchased and as soon as it is insured we are welcome to borrow it. Chris Erikson forwarded a request from Jim that the Gold River Stream Keepers write a letter voicing concerns over the budget cuts to SEP and Community Advisors. Darrel moved that we write a letter showing our support for SEP and the Community Advisory/PIP program. Pat seconded. Called to question, all in favor so moved. Paul discussed the Coho Indicator Fences and the final data. Some discussion followed around the removal of the fence on Hutchinson Creek. Chris Erikson stated that it is already removed and put away. Paul commented that he would like to see the fence on Dunlop Creek be removed at the lowest water flow because of the poor condition of the sandbags. The box and gate etc. can be removed. Next Wednesday, Chris E., Kevin, Floyd and Patrick will go and remove the box. Paul gave the financial report. Chris Erikson asked how much money we had received from DFO. Paul replied, $3000.00. Floyd moved to accept the financial report. Darrel seconded. Called to question all in favour. Chris Erikson moved to adjourn at 8:20 pm. Next meeting is July 16/02 at 7:00 pm place to be determined unless otherwise notified.

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