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Departure Bay Restoration and Enhancement Project

   The Nanaimo & Area Land Trust has a long history of stream stewardship dating back to its earliest days. Over the years NALT has worked with community groups, businesses and all levels of government to improve water quality, enhance fish habitat, and raise public awareness.   NALT is in the first phases of launching a Departure Creek Restoration and Enhancement Project which builds on habitat work dating back to 2000. The project plan includes:   

  • Public outreach and awareness raising

  • Presenting Streamkeepers workshops

  • Habitat restoration

  • Invasive species control

  • Removing barriers which prevent salmon from spawning further upstream

  • Water quality testing

   Officials with the City of Nanaimo, Oceans and Fisheries Canada (DFO), and NALT staff walked Departure Creek in late October. Since then, with the support of the city, DFO, and the Departure Bay Neighbourhood Association, NALT has applied for a federal ECOaction grant to support the project and will be applying to the Pacific Salmon Foundation for further funding.   NALT will be doing behind-the-scenes work on the project through the winter and expects to hear about its funding applications next spring. For more information on the Departure Creek Restoration and Enhancement Project and other NALT stream stewardship activities, call (250) 714-1990. 

Departure Creek