International Year of Salmon

    IN MEMORIAM: “While continuing with his numerous other duties, Kim Hyatt graciously agreed to come aboard as a team member to support the Watershed Moment Series because its unifying theme, Reconnecting Hydrology and Stream Ecology, aligned with Kim’s expertise and passion,” stated Nick Leone, a colleague in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, when he reflected on the late Dr. Kim Hyatt’s commitment to integration of applied research, community science and collaboration across government levels, and in partnership with community conservation and stewardship interests (June 2021)

    Kim Hyatt made significant contributions to DFO in significant and lasting ways, including his work on the Wild Salmon Policy, advice relating to salmon restoration and recovery under the Columbia River Treaty and climate change impacts to salmon populations. His passion for discovery and excitement for innovation resulted in a number of long-standing relationships with First Nations and external organizations—relationships that Kim built on trust, commitment, and honest communication.

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    CITY OF VICTORIA RECOMMITS TO BOWKER CREEK DAYLIGHTING: “Despite having covered it up, urbanized it with all the hard surfaces in the watershed, Bowker Creek is still here. Instead of just a ditch to move stormwater or carry away pollution out into the ocean, we’re looking at it as an environmental asset,” stated Soren Henrich, Chair of the Friends of Bowker Creek, when he commented on Council’s game-changing decision to kick-off the second decade of Bowker Blueprint implementation

    A significant portion of restoration efforts revolve around unearthing some parts of the creek currently underground. “Daylighting will not only help return salmon and trout back to the creek, but will breathe life into the vision of a biodiversity corridor, accessible to people across the municipalities. It would give people in the city a place where they can see and come into contact with flowing water. Imagine bike paths close enough to the creek so people could connect to Oak Bay, eventually connecting Oak Bay to the rest of the regional trail system,” stated Soren Henrich.

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    Parksville 2019 on YouTube > Back to the Future – “Decades of in-stream restoration work have not been sustainable because communities have not addressed the root causes of ‘changes of hydrology’. Going forward we will need to think and act more strategically,” observed Nick Leone, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, in the concluding module on Symposium Day One

    “Look for synergies between programs, systems, policies, disciplines and management objectives. Account for uncertainty through acknowledging what we don’t know, and variability in what we do know. Develop effective partnerships that get the vision right and produce sound strategies,” stated Nick Leone. “The issues around effective water management, and certainly as it pertains watershed planning and restoration efforts, aligns well with fisheries conservation and management considerations.”

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