In 2000 SeaChange, with community government support, restored underwater marine habitat in Tod Inlet, SṈIDȻEȽ.
Little did we know this was the beginning of an oddesy of ecological and social restoration in the Salish Sea. Today we engage communities in restoration of terrestrial native vegetation, shoreline restoration and of course eelgrass!
Terrestrial Ecological Restoration
The SṈIDȻEȽ Restoration Project is part of an ongoing collaborative effort to revitalize SṈIDȻEȽ as a place that can once again be habitat for Blue Grouse as well as a vital source of traditional foods and medicines.
In 2006 the BC Conservation Corps employed a team of workers to establish terrestrial restoration sites in the area surrounding the inlet. From 2006 – 2010, SeaChange staff maintained these sites through school programs and Volunteer Restoration Days. In 2010 the terrestrial restoration work was developed into a landscape level restoration plan linking all the sites together; and regular volunteer days were established to develop and expand the restoration sites. Additionally, many school programs and community groups participate annually in the restoration of these sites.
Click here to learn more about the restoration plan and view pictures of our progress!
The lessons learned from initial restoration plots in SṈIDȻEȽ in 2000, sparked a coast-wide eelgrass mapping, monitoring and restoration network – the Seagrass Conservation Working Group (SCWG). Sixteen years later, we are working on 30 eelgrass restoration projects within estuaries in the Salish Sea. Our strategy is to locate potential restoration sites where it would have been historically present (former log booming areas are typical) and transplant between 500 and 1000 eelgrass shoots into a test plot. After a year of monitoring successful test plots are expanded. We employ an expert team of WCB certified SCUBA divers to harvest shoots from lush beds near the restoration site and invite volunteer to prepare the shoots with anchors for the divers to transplant. Currently we are prioritizing sites that already have some protection, such as an adjacent upland park.
For more information about the activities of the SCWG, please see the web site: www.seagrassconservation.org
The shoreline of Tod Inlet has been heavily impacted by historical industrial activities It looks much the same as it did over a hundred years ago. This site was used for a winter camp by the W̱SÁNEĆ First Naitons for harvesting shellfish. SeaChange is working on enhancing this beach by placing clean sand and gravel on top of the existing shore sediments and installing plants further up from the water to accommodate rising sea levels. The project is designed to increase biodiversity as well as serve as a demonstration project to shoreline property owners who live in low wave energy areas and find their land slowly being eroded. In partnership with the Tsartlip First Nations and BC Parks, we hope to complete the two phases by the end of March, 2017. For more information read the Tod Inlet Beach Enhancement Media Release.
Click here to see project description and photos of Tod Inlet Beach Enhancement Project
Marine Debris Removal
In 2015 SeaChange removed 52 tonnes of underwater debris from Genoa Bay in the Cowichan estuary to expand area for eelgrass restoration at that site. Since it gave us such a thrill to see all the scrap metal, old barges and rope removed, we decided to do the same for Tod Inlet. During the winter of 2016-7 we will be using SCUBA divers, lift bags, work floats, and, for the bigger debris, barge and crane, to remove debris mapped by our summer students during the summer of 2016. This is part of a 100 Year Pan for the recovery of this special estuary – and we look forward to doing this work. Funds for the project are from the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program and the Pacific Salmon Foundation.
In the winter of 2015, we removed derelict marine debris from the bottom of Genoa Bay, BC, getting it ready for an eelgrass transplant. Jump to minute 3:35 to watch underwater eelgrass planting in action!
This video highlights a our partnership with Cowichan Community Land Trust to restore eelgrass in Cowichan Bay, British Columbia.
Greetings SeaChange volunteers, Our next restoration volunteer day is from 10am-2pm this Saturday May 20. We meet at 10am near the docks (look for a teal pickup truck). Throughout the day we will be removing invasive species and taking care of this special place....read more
Greeting SeaChange volunteers, Spring has arrived at the inlet! Everywhere we are seeing the amazing profusion of beautiful sounds and colours that this season brings with it; it is such a welcome experience after such a long winter. Come and experience it at our next...read more
On Friday, February 10th, at 5 am a barge of sand and gravel from Sechelt arrived in Brentwood Bay to begin the beach enhancement shore restoration in Tod Inlet (SṈIDȻEȽ or the Place of Blue Grouse). The placement of gravel and sand on the shore is the culmination of...read more
Please join us on Feb 25, Mar 11 & 25, Apr 8 & 22 and May 6 & 20, from 10am-2pm. We will be building on the amazing work of the past year and ensuring our amazing restoration sites continue to flourish!read more
We are back at SṈIDȻEȽ for another round of volunteer days this autumn! We will be doing lots of planting on our new sites this fall and continuing to clear out the invasive sprouts before winter. Our autumn volunteer dates are Sept 17, Oct 1, Oct 15, Oct 29, Nov 12...read more
If you come to visit SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet) over the next few weeks, you will be able to witness the excavation of large tracts of invasive species as part of the continuing work by SeaChange Marine Conservation Society and Tsartlip First Nation to restore health and...read more
We had a great volunteer day last weekend, joined by the Greater Victoria Green Teams! Check out their photos and website. Our task was to remove the invasion of English ivy (Hedera helix) from the Chinese midden, a slope along the main trail from Wallace Rd. which...read more
Last weekend (October 2015) our volunteers spent a very productive day removing some of the very large stemmed and established butterfly bush (Buddleia) and clematis (Clematis sp.) from our lower restoration site near the docks! Both of these invasives are garden...read more
In October 2013 volunteers found amazing pieces of SNIDCEL's industrial past last volunteer day: a dime from 1919 and a broken piece of a ceramic marmalade jar dated 1862! These pieces serve to remind us of the layered cultural history of this place. We have had some...read more