September 18, 2014
by Suzanne Barnes
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Salmon at the Fish Ladder

Jack Hampsey of Valleys 2000, took the videos below of the salmon jumping at the fish ladder at the Bowmanville Creek earlier this month (September 2014). This is life as a salmon. They are making it up the fish ladder in large numbers where before they weren’t able to. In the last 2 years salmon were lifted over by hand which was very hard on them. I’m not seeing near the numbers of dead salmon that I have other years below the dam. This has improved their life tremendously. The jump needs to be this height so that the sea lamprey can’t get up and the fish can. congratulations to everyone on a job well done!

There’s a third video I’ve been able to share on our Facebook page but I can’t up load here.

 

September 17, 2014
by Suzanne Barnes
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Share the trails (stay safe) and ducks

A quick reminder to cyclists – please remember to use your bell – I understand there was a collision on the week-end between cyclists and a dog (on a leash) – the dog is going to be ok (I think) but it was not a pleasant experience for the dog, the owners or the children that witnessed the event – and likely the cyclists. Please slow down share the trail and remember there are lots of folks using the trails right now – fisher-people, families, etc.

I also want to share with you some information on what to feed the ducks at the pond (I don’t personally agree with feeding wildlife but I know lots of people do – so if you’re going to do it please feed them responsibly – food that is good for them like corn not bread). Here’s a link with some useful information http://birding.about.com/od/birdfeeders/a/whatduckseat.htm

Thanks for you continued interest and support of the Valleys!

September 12, 2014
by Suzanne Barnes
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Memorandum Of Understanding – Renewed

The Memorandum of Understanding between the Municipality of Clarington and Valleys 2000 was renewed in recent weeks. The key piece of information out of that renewal is that Valleys 2000 shall be responsible for the following:

(i) Providing stewardship of the Bowmanville and Soper Creek valleys. This stewardship shall include building a strategic vision to develop, enhance, promote and preserve trails, river bank improvements, fish and wildlife  habitat and special natural areas along parts of the Bowmanville and Soper Creek Valleys.

There are a number of other items laid out between the Municipality and Valleys but that is possibly the most important piece – that oversight and co-ordination piece that the Valleys 2000 is responsible for. As a result we have been working on a process to review potential projects so that we can make recommendations to the Muncipality where needed and otherwise maintain the valleys.

If you have a project please advise us – you can use the form here http://valleys2000.ca/want-help/ on our webpage. We are here to support and co-ordinate efforts to protect and maintain the valleys and trails. We are aware of the ownership issues in the valleys and can provide advice and direction.

We welcome interested individuals and groups – we are better when we work together.

September 3, 2014
by Suzanne Barnes
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Donor Recognition

VALLEYS 2000 would like to thank Everyone who contributed their time, money, materials & support to help make this fish passage a reality. This is truly a community accomplishment that we all can be proud of!

FOUNDERS
A River Runs Through Us Gala Dinner
C.D.R. Young Aggregates
Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Municipality of Clarington
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Trade Tech Industries

PATRONS
Canadian Motorsport Ventures Ltd.
Molson Coors Limited
Ontario Power Generation
Oshawa Sand and Gravel
St. Marys Cement
Valleau Construction
Veridian Corporation

BENEFACTORS
Rotary Club of Bowmanville
Tim Hortons Bowmanville – Waverly Road
Tim Hortons Bowmanville – Highway 2

SUPPORTERS
Jim & Cathy Abernethy
Baagwating Community Association
Fred, Ibi, Erik & Daniel Biesenthal, P.I. Tool Limited
Eddie, Brody, Josie & Lucy Borutskie
Bowmanville Horticultural Society
Bowmanville Kinsmen Club
Canadian Tire Corporation
Clarington Promoter
Allan Cole
H & H Building Corp.
Harold & Helen Hammond
Randy & Diane Henry
Hobb & Company
William & Catherine Humber
Doug & Jo-Anne James
James Insurance Broker Limited
The Kassirer Family
Liberty Dental – Dr. K. Vermeulen & Dr. J. Balenko
Frank Lockhart
Harry & Marlene McCall
Jim & Helen McGill
Neale & Shirley McLean
Morris Funeral Chapel
Ministry of Natural Resources
John & Peggy O’Toole
Preston Transport Limited
John & Janet Rice
Donald & Gail Rickard
Dr David & Sherry Shrives
Alan & Anna Strike
Allison Fellowes Strike
Dan & Cindy Strike
Strike & Strike LLP
The Atkinson Family
Ed & Sylvia Vanhaverbeke
Veltri & Sons

FRIENDS
Carmen & Debra Aiello
Russ & Annemarie Arbuckle
Atkins Automotive
R. A. Campbell Dentistry
Eleanor Colwell
John Alexander Cox
David Crome
Donald R. Hutton Insurance
Downtown Bass Anglers Club
Durham Region Heavy Contractors Association
James English
Jack & Evelyn Fisher
Jack & Jacqueline Hampsey
Harvey Hicks
Bill & Frances Huether
Justin Barry Optical
David & Carol Laing
Susan Larsh
Douglas MacCheyne
Morgan Road Fill Site
Northcutt Elliott Funeral Home
Mary & Leslie Novak
Dr. Ed Osborne & Family
Don & Irene Peebles
Ron Robinson Limited
Doug & Lynne Rutherford
Dr. Ali Shickh
Paul & Mary Anne Slemon
Smialek Family
Dr. Anthony Stone
Charlie Trim
Dr. Michael Ward
Ted & Georgina Watson
Dr. Peter Zakarow

IN MEMORY
Albert J. Cole & D. Mary Cole
Miss Marjorie A. Cole
Jean Linton
Lloyd McRobbie
Arthur Alan Harvey Strike
Wayne Valleau

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING
Bowmanville Creek Anglers Association
Compumat
Home Depot Bowmanville
James Printing & Signs
Ontario Stream Stewards
Veyance Technologies Canada Inc.

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August 21, 2014
by Suzanne Barnes
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The Big Picture

I was talking this morning about the big picture in regards to the new fishway and I thought it was worth sharing with hopefully a few more people because I don’t think we always know what we have / what we are looking at even when it’s right in front of us. I think the fishway is one of those things – it has been a very co-operative project. One where many groups, organisations and individuals have played a variety of parts – some bigger than others but all equally important to the success of the project.

To me, this project is a wonderful example of what we can all achieve when we come together and work for a “higher good” – the fish got away up the Bowmanville Creek to spawn; Goodyear Veyance Technologies got access to water for their fire suppression system; anglers got a healthy salmon and trout population; people, schools and other educational groups got an place to come and see and connect with nature in action (a functioning ecosystem).

This is what a responsible, respectful, healthy relationship with nature can look like. We can achieve all our goals when we work co-operatively and respectfully with one another and the environment – it doesn’t have to be one or the other.

August 7, 2014
by Suzanne Barnes
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Getting ready for the fall salmon run

There has been a bit of preparation work being done lately to get ready for the fall salmon run (protective mats are hung at an angle, barricade across the old fishway opening, signage added). Also the gravel has been spread to prepare for the donor and educational signage to be erected later in the fall.

Fish ladder preparations for the fall salmon run.

 

Gravel addition to site

Gravel addition to site

Signage added to dam

June 14, 2014
by Suzanne Barnes
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Trail Safety

Just a reminder to cyclists to use your bell when you’re using the path, especially when you’re coming up behind someone or coming around a curve – the nice weather is here and there are lots of people walking and cycling in both directions. Thanks! Stay safe!

May 27, 2014
by Suzanne Barnes
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A Friendly Reminder

Just a reminder when you’re out enjoying the Valleys please leave the rocks, trees, flowers, plants and wildlife where they are for everyone to enjoy! Thanks.

If you feel the need to “pick” something feel free to bring gloves and a bag with you and pick up as much garbage as you like and deposit it in the garbage cans provided. No matter how many groups volunteer to help out with this there always seems to be more. Thanks! Or practice for your camping trips this summer “pack in, pack out”  :)

April 19, 2014
by kevin anyan
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Bowmanville Creek Fishway Spring 2014

All eyes have been on the Bowmanville Creek Fishway this spring as the steelhead trout are making their annual run up the creek. The Bowmanville Creek Fishway was successfully completed late in the fall of 2013 with the grand opening held on a very cold day in December. The fishway is being monitored by CLOCA, members of Valleys 2000 and the Municipality of Clarington among others as this spring is the first season that it has been operational for migrating fishes. Rainbow Trout are successfully making it through the fishway but flow conditions have been less than ideal this spring. A long cold winter has been followed up by a cooler than usual spring and a slow melt with considerable rainfall meaning water temperatures have not warmed up and water levels have been high. Typically, as the water flow decreases and the creek temperature increases the fish are able to make it through fishways with less difficulty. Other potential improvements/adjustments to the fishway will be discussed once its performance has been monitored through various conditions, e.g., high flow vs low flow etc. throughout the year. With files from the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA).

March 21, 2013
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 What is happening at the Fish Passage:

The current fish passage at the Goodyear (now Veyance Technologies) dam has been recognized for quite some time as being inadequate for the role of transferring larger fish upstream to spawn.  Of particular concern are the Salmonoids population, some of which have been declared as ‘Species at Risk’.

The current dam has a slope of 20%, which is too steep, and has only a width of 1.2 m, which is too narrow.  It is generally estimated that between 1 – 10 % of the larger migrating fish get past.  This effectively prevents fish from reaching some 25 km of upstream spawning & nursery habitat.

In 2010, CLOCA formally proposed that Valleys 2000 spearhead the fundraising for a new fish passage to address these concerns.

Thus began the saga of the Bowmanville Valleys Fish Passage Improvement Project.

Along with some 30 community leaders who volunteered to work on our fundraising committee, sufficient funds were raised to initiate the build process.  Including in-kind donations of materials & labour, about $500,000 has been raised so far.  Many community businesses & private donors have contributed – I couldn’t begin to list them all now but the finished project is to include a donor recognition board.  (This is an on-going fund-raiser – the more money we have the better the finished project will be as relates to donor board, educational components, etc. All donations are gratefully accepted.)

Designs were studied & consultants were consulted & a design was declared the most cost-effective & functional for our needs.  The new fish passage is to include a 36 meter channel, including 4 riffle-pools, which have a maximum grade of 4% and average top width of 5.5 meters.  This natural design channel will include a jumping component to keep invasive fish species (Carp, Goby, Sea Lamprey, etc.) from getting upstream to compete with the salmonoids for spawning grounds.  A viewing platform in the form of an overhead bridge will provide an exciting view of the fish from above.

An engineering company was selected, soil testing was done, engineering drawings were completed, and construction was about to begin last year.  One of the critical steps to be done before construction was to begin was to shut off the old fish passage – it’s being replaced.  The Bowmanville Creek Anglers Association was asked to solve the problem by lifting the fish manually past the dam.  With the fantastic help of community volunteers, they lifted some 5,540 fish last year (this year’s count is over 8,000 so far).

Unfortunately, technical glitches occurred  which prevented the fish passage from being built last year and it was postponed to 2013.

Once again this year we had to close off the soon-to-be-replaced fish jump prior to construction & the construction began.  Once again the Bowmanville Creek Anglers association agreed to lift the fish & once again they are doing a super job.

Shortly after construction began this year it was halted.  The reasons for this are still not 100% clear, but the result is that a new contractor has been hired & is to resume construction in the very near future, to be completed by the middle of November 2013.  There is no fear of the spring fish run being affected – CLOCA & the Federal Department of Fisheries & Oceans are all over that.  There is no intention of attempting to lift fish in the spring – out of the question.

As far as the garbage issue goes, we couldn’t agree more that it is shameful.  Valleys 2000 has been lobbying folks to help clean up the creek valleys & to report people who litter.   As far as responsibility goes, it is all of ours – yours & mine.  Town has provided us with large garbage containers which are emptied regularly. The problem is getting the garbage into the containers.  It is acknowledged that the vast majority of folks who discard their garbage carelessly are out-of-town fishermen.  We can only encourage everyone to report these polluters to the by-law folks & contact your local reps. to tell them how you feel.  There are laws against littering – nobody would get away with discarding that crap on the streets nowadays- but unless the laws are enforced they will not be followed, especially by people who don’t have to live with the mess.

Thanks again for caring enough to contact us.  Members of Valleys 2000 are available at any time to discuss any concerns regarding the valleys – we appreciate people caring!

PS  We also encourage volunteers to help with our chores – volunteer contacts are on our web site.