March 20, 2015
by Suzanne Barnes
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Searching for New Board Members

Valleys 2000 is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to develop, enhance, promote and preserve trails, river bank improvements, fish and wild life habitat, and special natural areas along parts of the Bowmanville and Soper Creeks leading to Lake Ontario for the recreation, benefit and enjoyment of residents of the Community. We are currently looking for 1-2 directors to join our board. Responsibilities include monthly meetings, opportunities to interact with the public at local community events and fund raise. If you are interested in joining the board please submit a covering letter and resume stating your interest and related experience by April 10, 2015 by email to landsandresources@bell.net

January 28, 2015
by Suzanne Barnes
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January Update

We had a very positive and productive meeting this afternoon (January 28th) with the town, CLOCA, Bowmanville Creek Conservation Group and Bowmanville Creek Anglers Association (I hope I got those names right – my apologies gentlemen if I’ve messed them up) – it’s wonderful to see everyone work together co-operatively to share information to make things better.

We hope to meet again in June to discuss the results of the spring trout run.

Also, a quick reminder – if you are feeding the ducks in the pond corn of scratch is best – bread is not a healthy choice for the ducks. Thanks!

December 9, 2014
by Suzanne Barnes
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December 2014

Wow, it’s almost been a year since the Grand Opening mid December last year and we finally have the signage up, new seating in place and the area around the fishway graded. Plantings along the fence will occur in the spring. It’s been a successful, is slightly challenging first year of operation with more “tweaking” to occur in the spring as CLOCA has plans to speak with local angling groups about any concerns they have.

Congratulations to everyone – this has truly been a team effort by many people. It is amazing what we can succeed at when everyone pitches in and does what they can.donor sign and seat ed signs and seats entrance to fishway from fisheway towards paved path new seat at butterfly garden new seat at pond 1 new seat at pond 2 welcome sign

November 25, 2014
by Suzanne Barnes
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New Educational Signage

The educational signage has been installed at fishway – it looks great, even if today was rather grey when I was taking pictures.

Three educational signs beside the fishway.

Three educational signs beside the fishway.

Donor Sign

Donor Sign

Educational Sign #1

Educational Sign #1

Educational Sign #2

Educational Sign #2

Educational Sign #3

Educational Sign #3

The approach to the new signage at the fishway.

The approach to the new signage at the fishway.

Welcome Sign

Welcome Sign

November 6, 2014
by Suzanne Barnes
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News from the Metro East Anglers

Exciting News from the Metro East Anglers:
Metro East Anglers are looking forward to bringing out their stocking trailer this coming Saturday to Bowmanville Creek, to stock 10,000 yearling brown trout into the watershed. Metro East Anglers are planning to arrive at approximately 2pm for the stocking event. They will provide final details on stocking location in the next 48 hours, subject to inspection, but they’ve narrowed the location down to either the park at Baseline Road or the launch ramp down in Bowmanville Harbour.

They hope that some interested partners from the community will attend the event. They’ll plan to bring some buckets, so the kids can be involved to transfer trout from the trailer down to the creek. Spread the word to any other local conservation groups, municipal politicians and interested parties who may wish to attend.

They look forward to seeing us on the weekend.

Please check back for location details – I will post them as soon as I receive them.

The Metro East Anglers just confirmed with that they will be stocking the 10,000 Brown Trout yearlings at the Bowmanville boat launch at around 2pm tomorrow (Sat). The boat launch is located just of West Beach Rd. The Bowmanville Creek Anglers are also thrilled to be a part of this historical day for the Bowmanville Creek watershed. Everyone is invited to help out with the releasing of the Browns. Hope to see many of our members there and bring your families and friends.

October 29, 2014
by Suzanne Barnes
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The Donor Sign

The donor sign has gone up at the fishway – thanks again to everyone who helped make this happen – you’re all awesome!

October 2014 - Donor Sign at the Fishway

October 2014 – Donor Sign at the Fishway

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.