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We are working towards realizing a vision where the varied human uses and natural areas in the Bowker watershed are managed to minimize runoff and pollution, making Bowker Creek a healthy stream that supports habitat for native vegetation and wildlife, and provides a community greenway to connect neighbourhoods.
Specifically, our objectives are to:
Enhance, restore, and protect Bowker Creek and green-space in the watershed,
Raise community awareness of the watershed,
Focus community-based action on the environment and,
Develop a continuous protected riparian corridor along Bowker Creek
Water testing protocol
We follow the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation water quality protocol as described in https://www.pskf.ca/publications/Module03.pdf for the core parameters of dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, and turbidity, and sample 3 sites on the creek twice a month. Once a year we also conduct invertebrate surveys following the protocol in https://www.pskf.ca/mod04/index.html
We have also recently added the following:
Fertilizer pollution: test strips to measure nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, and phosphate levels.
Flow and temperature: continuous loggers to give a finer-grained picture of these two parameters over time.
Bacteria: occasional coliform testing when resources are available.
Bowker Creek, BC