Help wanted to monitor Cowichan Valley lake

The Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society is looking for volunteers to get out on Somenos Lake this summer to assist with a study on the health of the lake as a Coho salmon habitat.

According to the SMWS, increasing pressure from urbanization and climate change on the lake and its tributaries, Bings, Richards and Averill creeks, is threatening the ecosystem and species that rely on it. The society believes that study is important to ongoing salmon conservation work on the B.C. coast.

"What’s exciting about this project is that local people will be collecting data

that will guide us for the future management of local ecosystems." SMWS program coordinator Elizabeth Bailey said. "We can all be stewards of our own local environments and we can all be scientists. It’s as easy as getting involved in a project like this one."

Volunteers will be asked to commit to monitoring the lake one or more days per week, for an hour or less per day, between June and October. Work will include monitoring temperature and turbidity, as well as recording natural history information.

For more information or to get involved please contact Elizabeth Bailey at or 250-884-0749.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Queen Margaret’s School graduates celebrate

Queen Margaret’s School held their Speech Day (convocation) with 15 graduates on site

Community pride always showed in Mansueti’s work

Retirement reflections revolve around so many projects and successes

Cowichan Valley rower takes aim at the moon

The 14-year-old took part in the Row to the Moon Challenge

BLM sign vandalized at Sylvan United Church

Minister hopes to have conversation with vandal

QUIZ: Put your knowledge of Canada to the test

How much do you know about our country?

‘This year is unlike any other’: Trudeau delivers Canada day address

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and the Prime Minister release video celebrating the national holiday

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Dual rallies take over Legislature lawn on Canada Day

Resist Canada 153 highlighted colonization and genocide, Unify the People called COVID a hoax

Gov. General honours Canadians for bravery, volunteer service

Five categories of winners presented on Canada Day

COVID-19: Should non-medical masks be mandatory in Canada?

New poll shows Canadians are divided on the rules around mandatory masks

Victoria police investigating possible hate crime on BC Transit bus

A young Black man was randomly struck by a Caucasian man who he did not know

UPDATE: No COVID-19 at Nanaimo shopping centre as memo mixed up mall identities

Woodgrove Centre sent memo to tenants Tuesday advising them of positive case

Most Read