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2002 November Minutes For The Gold River Streamkeepers Society

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GOLD RIVER STREAM KEEPERS SOCIETY MINUTES FOR NOVEMBER 19/02

IN ATTENDENCE: JIM MITCHELL, PAUL SMITH, KEVIN DELLO, JANE BOGIE, PATRICK WATSON, JOHN BRUCE, CHRIS PATRICK, FLOYD NASWELL AND DARRELL GLASS

Meeting called to order at 7:14 pm.  Jim asked everyone to fill out sign in sheet.  Jim stated that our AGM will be postponed until January 21/03 because not all the directors were in attendence.  Jim asked for additions or changes to agenda.  Hearing none Jim asked for a motion to accept the agenda.  Floyd moved, Darrel seconded, called to question, all in favour, none opposed, so moved.  Jim asked that everyone take time to read over the previous minutes.  Jim asked if there were any additions or omissions to the minutes.  Hearing none, Jim asked for a motion to accept previous minutes.  John B. moved, Jane seconded, called to question, all in favour, none opposed, so moved.

Jim updated everyone that on Sunday Paul, John B. and himself would be walking Siwash (Delorial) Creek for salmon enumerations.  Paul talked about the riparian projects that we didn't get to last fall and emphasized that we must do them this spring as he's not sure how much longer we can keep the trees alive.  Jim commented that we've already lost some of the trees and probably won't see to many of them survive through the winter.  Jim stated that we could contact Dick Cain (WFP) for more trees in the New Year if we need them.  Paul updated everyone on the salmon enumeration for Dunlop Creek.  Paul stated that he got started later than he should have as the first day he counted 27 Coho and after that it diminished to one or two every week.  Darrel said there was over 200 salmon in Hutchinson Creek with 12 of them being Chinook.  Kevin stated that he and Jon Banas walked Big Bend Creek and counted 158 Coho.  He went on to say that they were trying to swim through the culvert and he did see about 10 above the culvert.  Everyone was excited to hear this and it was determined that water flows must have been ideal for this to happen.

Jim updated everyone on the success of the local business exposition at the arena where we had an aquarium set up and videos running.  Paul commented on the temperature problems and in the future we should look at borrowing the chiller from Ray Watkins Elementary School.  Correspondence followed.  Paul talked about Roger's concerns over the future of the Conuma Hatchery and the Off Channel Project.  Paul stated that Grieg Seafoods has told him that they fully support habitat enhancement projects in Nootka Sound and this might be an opportunity for us.  Some discussion followed on whether we would be construed as supporting fish farms if we accepted their funding and what it would do to our reputation.  Jim commented that the Provincial and Federal Governments have both made it clear that fish farms are going ahead whether we like it or not, so why not take advantage of a funding opportunity where very few funding opportunities exist.  Paul updated everyone on the web hosting packages that he has researched and discussed Pow Web as the one he thinks is best suited for our needs.  The cost would be $216.48 US for two years and this includes registering our domain name.  Floyd moved to purchase web hosting for two years through Pow Web, seconded by Darrel, called to question, all in favour, none opposed, so moved.  Paul then asked everyone to come up with a domain name that would be convient and easy to remember.  The domain agreed upon is http://www.grstreamkeepers.com.  Paul then asked if any of the members would have concerns over piggy backing the G. R. Watershed Committees web site on our own as they have no form of revenue and the previous free web host had way to many advertisements.  Everyone agreed.  Jim reminded everyone that elections will be in January and that annual membership fees of $22.50 will be due at that time.  Paul will give Kevin and Jim a list of all people who have taken the course to recruit new members and prod those who haven't been attending for a while.  Jim will coordinate a series of classroom presentations for Sherri Fishwick at Ray Watkins Elementary School.  Paul will give a similar presentation to the scouts at the end of January.  Paul then gave the financial report stating that we have a balance of $3,156.68 as of November 02.  This includes the check ($2000) from the Pacific Salmon Foundation to fund the hydrology assessment on the Conuma Off Channel Project.  Darrel move to accept financial report.  Seconded by Patrick, called to question, all in favour, none opposed, so moved.  Darrel moved to adjourn.

Next meeting date will be our AGM and is on January 21/03.  Meeting was adjourned at 8:16 pm.

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