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Volunteers Needed – the WPS SSI FreshWater Catalogue project

The SSI FreshWater Catalogue - a snapshot of our webmap 20190822
SSIFWC Some of our volunteers 201908

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  • Full Name: John
  • Location: A watershed somewhere on the island (there are a number...)
  • Expires: 5 days, 21 hours

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    The Water Preservation Society(WPS) Salt Spring Island’s FreshWater Catalogue (SSIFWC) is now in its second year!

    Our volunteer driven SSIFWC project is all about the island’s surface freshwater. The FreshWater Catalogue’s field work provides base data to inform improved surface water and groundwater (aquifer) models, to support freshwater habitat conservation/protection efforts, with local and active island watershed communities as an important spin-off. Similar “watershed stewardship” activities are taking place across Canada. Want to be involved, read on!

    We now have over 50 field and “office” SSIFWC project volunteers (and growing), with nearly 1000 field locations logged to-date. Cataloguing the islands freshwater features is very much a work-in-progress, and we are are looking for more volunteers.

    Field volunteers are starting up and/or working across more than 25 watersheds, 40 creeks and a smaller number of ponds and wetlands. Volunteers are working in “Watershed Stewardship Groups”, as individual “StreamCatchers” or as roving “Scouts”, gathering a variety of water data, including:
    – water features, presence and type
    – creeks, and their seasonal “on or off” status
    – creek flow rates
    – freshwater chemistry

    Volunteers in “the office” have developed our SSIFWC field data collection App (now in version 2), a dedicated SSIFWC webMap (showing where we have been collecting field data, and more), field data interpretation. Further public outreach and historical research are waiting for more volunteers!
    Field and “office” training for the project can be provided, and/or maybe you are a SSIFWC educator?

    Interested in contributing as a SSIFWC project volunteer? Outdoors doing field work; indoors doing software development/maintenance, newsletter design, publicity, research, schools outreach. There are many ways to be involved in refining our understanding, and awareness, of the Island’s freshwater. If you want to be involved in the WPS SSIFWC project, please contact John, the project lead, at jamssiwater@gmail.com.

    Interested in knowing where the SSIFWC project is at and on upcoming events, check out our “Salt Spring Island FreshWater Catalogue Watershed Stewardship Group” Facebook page, or have a look at our SSIFWC webmap http://ssifwc-webgis.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com

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