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Volunteer Information

Groups from across the East Coast of Vancouver Island, from Campbell River south to Victoria, have partnered with the BC Conservation Foundation and Vancouver Island University project team to collect water samples from waterways in their respective regions. These partnerships have allowed the project team to expand the capacity of the project significantly, allowing for investigations of tire wear toxins in waterways across a much larger geographic area.


Current Sampling Groups

Each of the groups currently participating in this sampling program are listed below. To learn more about each group, those with a website or social media have been linked through their respective logo.

Beaufort Watershed Stewards

They work to promote the health and resilience of local watersheds in the Beaufort Range and to ensure the quality and quantity of fresh water for the future.

Currently sampling: Cowie Creek, Wilfred Creek

Black Creek Volunteers

This group of local residents have come together to sample a tributary of Black Creek wetlands, as they have seen coho make their way up this ditchline.

Currently sampling: Black Creek tributary

Brooklyn Creek Watershed Stewards

This group is working to protect, preserve, and restore the Brooklyn Creek Watershed through community stewardship and education.

Currently sampling: Brooklyn Creek

Campbell River Environmental Committee

They promote environmental awareness that supports informed decision making on environmental issues.

Currently sampling: Caddisfly Creek, Woods Creek

Cowichan Lake & River Stewardship Society

Their purpose is to work to protect the Cowichan watershed through restoration, monitoring, and outreach initiatives.

Currently sampling: Exeter Creek, Hatchery (Oliver) Creek, Stanley Creek, Tiny Creek

Cowichan Tribes

Cowichan Tribes monitors the upland, freshwater, and marine ecosystems within their traditional territory.

Currently sampling: Bings Creek, Cowichan River tributary

Departure Creek Streamkeepers

A group of dedicated residents that plan and facilitate the restoration and monitoring of Departure Creek.

Currently sampling: Departure Creek

Esquimalt Lagoon Stewardship Initiative

This coalition is working together to protect, enhance, and restore Esquimalt Lagoon and the Coburg Peninsula.

Currently sampling: Colwood Creek

Fanny Bay Salmonid Enhancement Society

They work to enhance creeks in their region by repairing and creating new habitat, and monitoring and protecting existing habitat.

Currently sampling: Cook Creek, Rosewall Creek

Friends of Bowker Creek

The group supports the restoration and enhancement of Bowker Creek and its watershed to a healthy state.

Currently sampling: Bowker Creek

Friends of French Creek Conservation Society

They are dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the French Creek Watershed. 

Currently sampling: French Creek

Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association

Involved in salmonid enhancement, education, and maintaining a coho and chum fishery off the south easterly tip of Vancouver Island.

Currently sampling: Goldstream River

Gorge Waterway Action Society

Their mission is to preserve and enhance the Gorge Waterway through environmental education, restoration, conservation, stewardship, and community involvement.

Currently sampling: Gorge Creek

Greenways Land Trust

They work to enhance the community through the creation and management of greenways networks, based on principles of stream and land stewardship. 

Currently sampling: Willow Creek

Halalt First Nation

Halalt First Nation works with DFO to monitor the salmon population in the Chemainus River.

Currently sampling: Chemainus River, Bonsall Creek

Koksilah Watershed Working Group

The group works using an ecosystem based approach to assessing the health of the Koksilah River and its tributaries.

Currently Sampling: Kelvin Creek, Norrie Creek

Little River Enhancement Society

They undertake a two prong approach to fish conservation – river and streambed restoration and operation of small scale hatchery year round.   

Currently sampling: Little River

Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society

They are dedicated to the recovery of wild Pacific salmon through the conservation and restoration of their habitat – watersheds, estuaries and shorelines.

Currently sampling: Craig Creek, Shelley Creek

Mill Bay & District Conservation Society

This group manages the coho run in Shawnigan Creek, a creek that coho were introduced to in the late 1970s.

Currently sampling: Shawnigan Creek (above and below the lake), McGee Creek, West Arm Creek

Millard-Piercy Watershed Stewards

This group is working together to protect and promote the natural beauty of the Millard-Piercy watershed.

Currently sampling: Piercy Creek

Nanaimo Area Land Trust

Through land acquisition, restoration, and outreach, NALT supports, promotes, and protects the natural values of land and water in the Nanaimo area.

Currently sampling: Cat Stream

Peninsula Streams & Shorelines Society

They have coordinated restoration and habitat conservation projects throughout Greater Victoria.

Currently sampling: Gabo Creek, Millstream River

PKOLS – Mount Douglas Conservancy

This society works to protect and preserve the natural environment of PKOLS – Mt. Douglas.

Currently sampling: Douglas Creek 

Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers Society

The group is dedicated to protecting and restoring local wild fish habitat.

Currently sampling: Beach Creek, Grandon Creek, Harris Creek, Whiskey Creek

Save Simms Creek

They are a neighbourhood group working to save the wilderness surrounding Simms Creek. 

Currently sampling: Simms Creek

Shawnigan Basin Society

They are working to protect and secure the health and safety of the Shawnigan Lake Watershed and the drinking water it provides.

Currently sampling: Shawnigan Creek (above and below the lake), McGee Creek, West Arm Creek

Snuneymuxw First Nation

The Marine Division supports the long-term strategy of increasing Snuneymuxw presence within the marine environment while ensuring that culturally and sacred sites are protected, and food security is maintained.

Currently sampling: Beck Creek, Haslam Creek, Nanaimo River

Stz’uminus First Nation

The Stz’uminus First Nation’s Fisheries Department is contributing to sampling in the Stz’uminus traditional territory, around Ladysmith. Stz’uminus’ mission is to use their sacred teachings to support and inspire one another to built a prosperous and healthy Nation.

Currently sampling: Bush Creek

Walley Creek Streamkeepers

The group is working to restore Walley Creek and its associated wetlands to their optimal ecological health and reduce human impacts through restoration and education.

Currently sampling: Walley Creek