Between February 18, 2011 and March 31, 2011, Kynoch Resources of Bella Coola, BC completed an overview watershed assessment and detailed GPS mapping, of creek channels within the Skimlik Creek Watershed (Watershed Code not assigned; MOE, 2011) and the stream channel of the creek locally
referred to as Dump Creek (Watershed Code not assigned; MOE, 2011), located in the lower Bella Coola River watershed. More specifically these streams are tributaries to Thorsen Creek within the Bella Coola Valley, British Columbia. Funding and support for this project was made available from grants provided by Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada / BC program to advance Watershed Planning, with additional support from the DFO Central Coast Community Advisor. The project was administered through the Bella Coola Watershed Conservation Society (BCWCS). Kynoch Resources and subcontractors completed the field work, data collection, analysis and presentation under contract to BCWCS.
Project Background & Scope
Between 2004 and 2008, the BCWCS undertook comprehensive Watershed Based Fish Sustainability Planning (WBFSP) for the Bella Coola River Watershed, creating comprehensive Stage II and Stage III watershed planning reports (BCWCS, 2007 and Kynoch Resources, 2008) to identify opportunities and lay out a framework for addressing these opportunities. The WBFSP
Stage II and Stage III reports identified mapping as priority items for streams within the Bella Coola Valley. Owing to poor or non-existent line-work on TRIM and TRIM II map sheets, it was determined in 2008 that BCWCS undertake small project mapping using ground-truthed GPS coverage and existing orthographically corrected Kynoch Resources drew on a project team of local technicians and biologists to complete ecological field components, map data collection, map production and watershed reporting. The project team was comprised of personnel with specific experience in the following personnel:
Where practical the project team used recognized methods of stream habitat classification, GIS mapping, and data analysis, as described below; however, some methods were modified or streamlined specifically for this project.