Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
FIA Project 6761006

    Routine Effectiveness Evaluation at Harris Creek
Project lead: Soutar, Debora (Madrone Environmental Services Ltd.)
Contributing Authors: Smith, Rodney S.; Remillard, Brad; British Columbia Ministry of Forests and Range
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), British Columbia
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program
Two studies were completed in the mid 90s to determine the limiting factors for salmon production in the San Juan watershed. Lack of over-wintering habitat was determined as a keylimiting factor. Several habitat restorationprojects were completed between 1996 and 2001 in the San Juan watershed. The Harris Creek side-channel location was reviewed by DFO in 1997. A stream originating from Lizard Lake was the original water source for this side-channel but the channel would dry up in the summer, trapping juvenile salmon in the pools or they would die in the dried up channels.
DFO developed a plan to increase the channel to approx. 1.7kms by piping water from Harris Creek into the constructed side-channel. In 2004 surveys commenced for determining ground water depths, dissolved oxygen levels and water temperatures. These measurements (through a series of test pits) concluded the area to be suitable for side-channel habitat and construction. In 2006 a road was constructed to access the upper portion of the side channel and to act as a berm to protect the side channel from the floodwaters of Harris Creek. The road was also used to deliver material (LWD, Pipe, Intake structure and rip rap) to the side-channel construction site. Construction of a 750m long 6m wide channel began in the summer of 2006. This included the installation of the water intake (from Harris Creek), completion of the road construction including the crossing and channel construction.


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Routine Effectiveness Evaluation Jan. 2009 (0.9Mb)

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