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.