Peninsula Streams Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
Peninsula Streams Society helps coordinate stream restoration and habitat conservation on the Saanich Peninsula. We provide our associated groups with the technical expertise and resources to help achieve their goals.
Our goal is to achieve healthy aquatic habitat that supports self-sustaining populations of native species in both freshwater and marine environments. We accomplish this objective through research, restoration, innovative projects, public education and private land stewardship.
Our Story What We Do
The purposes of Peninsula Streams Society are:
- To develop, organize and participate in environmental projects and programs on the Saanich Peninsula and surrounding areas that will:
- monitor, preserve and restore flora and fauna
- monitor, preserve and restore rivers, creeks and watersheds, marine environments and near-shore environments
- conserve, re-use and reduce water and waste
- improve the urban and rural/agricultural environments
- To educate and increase the understanding of the public, environmental organizations, government and the press about environmental preservation and restoration and their importance, by offering workshops, seminars, training and lectures.
- To conduct research relating to the environment and disseminate the results of such research.
In the early 1990s, two Arctic scientists from the Institute of Ocean Sciences, Dr. Eddy Carmack and Dr. Robie McDonald, decided to sponsor a local environmental initiative on Hagan Creek in Central Saanich. Working with local First Nations (FNs), they recognized that the former streams that had had names and economic and cultural significance to FNs for millennia were now mud-filled ditches.
Utilizing funds from DFO's Habitat Restoration & Salmon Enhancement Program (HRSEP) they hired staff to undertake projects with community members and FNs on Hagan Creek - the Hagan-KENNES Stewardship Project.
In 1997, the WSIKEM-TENTEN Stewardship Project began with partners from the Victoria Airport Authority, DFO, Tseycum FN and others to restore Tseycum and TenTen Creeks, which drained into Patricia Bay.
Funding for both projects came from HRSEP and the two provincial restoration programs, Urban Habitat Stewardship Program & Fisheries Renewal BC. All three programs ended in 2001-2002, so the two projects banded together with Sidney Anglers (Reay Creek), Friends of Tod Creek and others to form Peninsula Streams Society.
Peninsula Streams Society was incorporated in May 2002.
Our Programs How We Do It
- Stream and riparian area restoration on 11 watersheds on the Saanich Peninsula.
- Watershed Protection
- Environmental Crisis Response
- Advice provided to businesses, individuals and municipalities on habitat issues.
- Water Quality Monitoring on Hagan/Graham, Tetayut and Tseycum Creeks
- Gr. 3 Environmental Education Program - Watershed Model, Salmon Lifecycle, Alder Tree Planting
- Gr. 6 Environmental Education Program - "Creatures of Habitat"
What You Can Do
Financial support will enable us to continue restoration on a downstream section of Hagan Creek, on the neighbouring property. This will be the fifth section of Hagan Creek that we have restored. Restoration activities on this property will include reintroducing meanders, pools and riffles into the stream, addition of large woody debris and gravel for habitat, and riparian zone planting with native shrubs and trees.
With financial support, Peninsula Streams Society will be able to restore, protect and maintain the waterways of the Saanich Peninsula for the benefit of wildlife and the community at large.