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June 2015: Replacing the Old Culvert at Bob’s Pond

June 2015: Replacing the Old Culvert at Bob’s Pond

The old culvert running under the road and joining Bob’s Pond to the spawning channels has been a source of frustration over the past few years. Beavers have plugged the small circumference with rocks causing the pond to overflow and wash out the road. NCES attempts to foil the Beavers, including a cage made of rebar have produced only temporary set-backs for our single minded furry friends. In June, the road was excavated and the old culvert removed and replaced with a much larger one. This will greatly improve the flow of water between the pond and spawning channels making it easier for fish to pass through and obstruction more difficult.

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An historical point of interest to this story: The Nile Creek provided drinking water to the community of Qualicum Bay until the mid 1990’s. The water flowed through AC pipes beneath the road from the intake  to the now decommissioned pump house at the end of Charlton Drive. A take-off from this pipe provides the water to the hatchery. While excavating to replace the culvert, great care had to be taken with the old water main pipe to ensure the continuing water supply to the hatchery. Photos courtesy of Jack Gillen.

Bear Smart

May 2015: Bear Smart

Nile Creek Enhancement Society (NCES) recently teamed up with Bear Smart BC and placed a bear-resistant public waste container at the Nile Creek Fish Hatchery.

Bears are attracted to the area when the fish are spawning, feeding on the salmon and carrying them into the forest, leaving the remaining parts to fertilize the trees and provide food for other species.

The danger to humans is when garbage is left, drawing the bears to areas frequented by local residents like the hatchery and the hiking trails, to prowl through garbage for food waste.

Protect public safety and protect our wildlife, please use only bear-resistant containers for your garbage or dispose of it when you get home.

For more information on “Bear Smart”, you can visit www.bearsmartbc.com or www.facebook.com/bearsmartbc

Thank you for keeping bears wild!

APRIL means Spring Cleaning

APRIL 2015: April means Spring Cleaning

In April, the weather had cleared and it had dried up enough to clean up a large pile of brush and debris that had accumulated near “Bob’s Pond”.  Several NCES volunteers, with the help of Volunteer Fire Fighter Roy Allen, made quick (and safe) work of the job.  Many thanks to Bob Ellis, Jack Gillen, Corley Henry, Gord Lipke and Roy Allen for a job well done! It looks somewhat like boy scouts having a marshmallow roast! Photos courtesy of Jack Gillen.

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Fall 2014 Fish Count

Fall 2014 Fish Count

As of this writing, September 1st, Nile Creek is heavily populated with returning Pink salmon and has been since late July when those early arrivals made their first appearance. In spite of low water levels, new fish continue to arrive and, by all accounts, 2014 will be the year for a record setting return of Pinks.

Campbell River uses swimmers and a fish net to count the returns and have done so for many years. They are reporting an estimated return of 1.5 million Pinks vs. last year’s record return of 1 million fish. Good news for sports and commercial fisherman, and for those who just love fresh and smoked fish.

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