Horsefly River Roundtable takes stock of 2014

There was a fair list of accomplishments, and some things that were not accomplished in 2014.

There was a fair list of accomplishments, and some things that were not accomplished in 2014 by the enthusiastic group of volunteers who compose the Horsefly River Roundtable.

Steve Hocquard was hired on as our co-ordinator, which has proved an excellent decision.

The Woodjam Creek restoration project has been completed with the exception of willow shoots and other foliage for placement alongside the stream.

The mouth of our spawning channel was redesigned so as to simulate a real stream.

The barrier across the Horsefly River was removed and salmon went into the spawning channel of their own accord.

Approximately 16,000 salmon spawned in our channel, and about 325,000 spawned in the Horsefly River system.

We had our best Salmon Festival ever. First Nations had a powwow honouring the Salmon. The water temperature was perfect for salmon, and we had many other accomplishments.

We plan on signage along the Salmon Walk in the language and symbols of First Nations in this area.

This will occur next year. We have plans to make improvements to the fish habitat on Wilmot Creek, Black Creek, and Sucker Creek in 2015.

The roundtable has funding to clean up the old dump site along the Horsefly River on Black Creek Road. With any participation at all we may be able to assist with the implementation of the Environmental Farm Group Plan.

And we do plan on setting up a permanent outhouse at the campground across the bridge in Horsefly in 2015.

On a sour note, the bass have entered the Quesnel River and have been seen at Beaver mouth creek.

There is no provincial interest in our ongoing bass problem, other than to ticket First Nations people as they were counting the bass so someone had an idea what was happening.

And of course if indeed the toxins from the Mount Polley breach have travelled in as far as the mouth of the Horsefly River, the small fry entering Quesnel Lake this spring may somehow be affected adversely.

Offhand I can’t recall all of our sponsors that helped with our success this year, but will mention those I can; The Pacific Salmon Foundation, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Arts on the Fly, BC Hydro, Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society, Cariboo Regional District, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Fraser Basin Council, Horsefly Community Club, Heritage Canada, Northern Shuswap Tribal Council, and the Stream of Dreams Mural Society.

Without sponsors and volunteers, we simply couldn’t accomplish a lot.

We feel the education provided by our Salmon festival, and the improvements to our river systems are well worth the effort.

The Roundtable wishes one and all a safe and happy New Year.