PSF funds 98 local salmon projects, leveraging $5.3 million in total value for communities.
The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) has granted just over $1,000,000 to 98 community-led salmon conservation, enhancement, and habitat restoration projects across British Columbia. These projects represent over $5.3 million in total value of salmon stewardship work.
The Community Salmon Program, launched by PSF in 1989, empowers volunteers, local streamkeepers, Indigenous communities, and schools to help conserve and restore Pacific salmon and their habitats.
In the 33 years since its inception, PSF’s Community Salmon Program has awarded $26.8 million in grants to nearly 3,100 projects across B.C. and the Yukon and engaged roughly 30,000 volunteers. Successful projects have included salmon habitat restoration, aquatic monitoring and research, emergency flood initiatives, hatcheries, and educational programming and outreach.
The Community Salmon Program accepts new applications each fall and spring. The federal Salmon Conservation Stamp, a decal which anglers purchase with their saltwater fishing licence that allows them to retain any species of wild salmon, is the primary funding source for the program. PSF proudly stewards 100 per cent of the proceeds from the Salmon Conservation Stamp on behalf of Fisheries and Oceans Canada to advance hundreds of local salmon conservation projects each year.
“The Community Salmon Program has been an essential component of the Pacific Salmon Foundation since day one,” says Michael Meneer, CEO and president of PSF. “With about half of B.C. salmon populations in a state of decline, streamkeepers and volunteers across the province are working hard with funding from the program to safeguard these salmon populations and their habitats. If you’d like to support these individuals and the salmon protection efforts in their communities, you can make a tax-deductible donation to PSF.”
If you’d like to support the Community Salmon Program, donate online.
One of the fortunate recipients in this round of funding was habitat restoration partner Peninsula Streams and Shorelines. Founded in 2002, the society restores and protects aquatic ecosystems and watersheds throughout Greater Victoria. The society depends on more than 175 active volunteers and 400 members to conserve and rehabilitate healthy aquatic habitats.
The society received eight grants in this round of funding for a total of $138,700 to continue its BEACH Initiative and Swan Creek restoration project, ongoing for more than a dozen years.
See below to learn how other Community Salmon Program grantees are making a difference for salmon.
Community Salmon Program dollars in action
Monitoring kelp on the West Coast of Vancouver Island
Healthy kelp forests are essential to the well-being of Pacific salmon in B.C. Young salmon depend on kelp in nearshore habitats for refuge from predators and for food sources as they grow and prepare for life in the open ocean.
Redd Fish Restoration Society has developed a multi-year kelp monitoring project with the goal of determining the baseline for kelp forest distribution and abundance, how healthy these ecosystems are, and how Pacific salmon are interacting with kelp forests in the Barkley-Clayoquot region.
The findings will offer a new, comprehensive baseline of the state of kelp forest ecosystems from which future surveys can be compared to.
“As climate change accelerates, the health of nearshore ecosystems may shift dramatically,” says Emily Fulton, the marine coordinator for Redd Fish. “This long-term project will enable us to monitor kelp forests, understand trends in changing habitats, inform future restoration efforts, and fill data gaps around the survival of Pacific salmon and other coastal species.”
Investigating the impacts of road salts on salmon in the Lower Mainland
Every winter, road salts contaminate urban creeks across the Lower Mainland. Those same streams are sensitive freshwater habitat for Pacific salmon. The impacts of road salt pollution on salmon – either directly or indirectly by affecting their primary food source, benthic invertebrates – are poorly understood.
Still Moon Arts Society, a local group that works at the intersection of art and stewardship, is partnering with nine local stewardship groups to better understand and raise awareness of the impacts of road salt on salmon and their food web. This project aims to support the Road Salt and Salmon Success Project, which is a five-year research initiative involving UBC, SFU, BCIT, and 13 stewardship groups in the Lower Mainland.
This project will involve sampling for benthic invertebrates twice a year in creeks in East Vancouver, Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Langley, and Chilliwack. Project partners will collect data from sections of the creeks that are both impacted and unimpacted by road salts to assess the effect(s) of road salts on the salmon food web.
“Data from the project will be used to educate local residents on the importance of benthic invertebrates to the success of salmon populations and how contaminated stormwater runoff affects creeks and the species living in them,” says Adrian Avendaño, the stewardship programs manager for Still Moon Arts Society.
Additionally, ‘Road Salt and Salmon Education Toolkits’ will be developed as part of this project that will be offered to teachers and Indigenous groups who want to teach their students about the importance of benthic invertebrates for salmon and the challenges fish navigate in urban streams.
The Community Salmon Program will accept applications in early September for its fall round of funding. Details here.
The Community Salmon Program also benefits from corporations with sustainability goals. Trans Mountain, Mosaic Forest Management, BC Hydro, Methanex, Seaspan, Paper Excellence, Secure Energy, Neptune Terminals, ENCORP PACIFIC, Sutherland Foundation Inc., and Pembina Pipeline support the program. Interested businesses can contact PSF’s Senior Business Development Manager Cory Matheson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A full list of recipients for the spring 2023 Community Salmon Program funding cohort includes:
|Applicant||Project Title||Location||Funding confirmed $||Project Value $|
|A Rocha Canada||Upper Bulkley Riparian Restoration Workshop||Houston||8,400||17,250|
|AJ McLellan Elementary School||Salmonids in the Classroom||Surrey||1,650||3,550|
|Alouette River Management Society||Salmonid Habitat Assessment and Restoration||Maple Ridge||6,000||13,530|
|Alouette River Management Society||ALLCO Fish Hatchery Predator Net Replacement||Maple Ridge||2,500||5,066|
|Aubrey Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||Burnaby||536||2,436|
|Baker Creek Enhancement Society||Build-a-Whale||Quesnel||6,000||14,183|
|BC Conservation Foundation||Englishman River Claybank Assessment and Mitigation – Year 2||Parksville||9,500||105,050|
|BC Conservation Foundation||Little Qualicum River Estuary Regional Conservation Area Planting Plan||Qualicum Beach||4,930||19,450|
|Be the Change Earth Alliance||Youth for Community Rain Gardens (YCRG)||Delta||2,500||18,400|
|Berkshire Park Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||Surrey||760||1,520|
|Bernard Elementary||Stream of Dreams at Bernard Elementary||Chilliwack||4,086||12,664|
|Blessed Sacrament School||Salmonids in the Classroom||Vancouver||600||2,460|
|Bonaccord Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||Surrey||1,650||4,054|
|Brooklyn Creek Watershed Society||Coho Spawning and Rearing Habitat Restoration at Birkdale Farm||Comox||24,040||58,081|
|Cat Stream Stewards||Cat Stream Pine Street Riparian Restoration Phase 2||Nanaimo||2,500||8,680|
|Children’s Development Centre SD63||Salmonids in the Classroom||Saanich||1,650||3,550|
|Coho Society of the North Shore||Coho Festival 2023||North Vancouver||10,000||121,000|
|Cougar Creek Streamkeepers||Cory Drive Park Rain Garden||Delta||2,000||11,600|
|Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre Society||Restore Chum and Coho Rearing Habitat, Fish Gut Alley, Lower Cowichan River||Cowichan Bay||2,500||35,400|
|Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society||Beaver Creek Habitat Restoration||Cowichan Lake||4,000||47,720|
|Ecole Moody Middle School||Stream of Dreams at Ecole Moody Middle||Port Moody||4,825||15,718|
|Fanny Bay Salmon Enhancement Society||Wilfred Creek Hatchery Tanks 2023||Fanny Bay||13,600||28,850|
|Fanny Bay Salmonid Enhancement Society||River Never Sleeps Festival 2023||Fanny Bay||1,500||6,500|
|Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition||Silverdale Creek Wetlands-Stabilize Bank Erosion & Replace Failing Infrastructure||Misson||81,500||172,070|
|Friends of French Creek Conservation Society||French Creek Salmonid Habitat Restoration||Coombs||8,900||23,200|
|Friends of the Marble River||Hatchery Supplies||Port McNeill||2,400||5,400|
|Galiano Conservancy Association||Salmonids in the Classroom||Galiano||1,800||8,104|
|Gillard Pass Fisheries Association||Gillard Pass Fisheries upgrades||Southgate River||20,943||234,193|
|Gitanyow Fisheries Authority||Kitwanga River Salmon Enumeration Facility Trap Box Improvements||Kitwanga||12,500||40,900|
|Grenfell Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||Vancouver||1,650||3,550|
|Guardians of Mid Island Estuaries Society||Eco-Cultural Restoration of Salish Sea Estuaries||Van Island||27,700||255,350|
|Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society||Cannery Kids Corner||Richmond||1,400||2,900|
|Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department||Real-time video monitoring of salmon escapement in the Koeye River||Bella Bella||28,900||311,700|
|Horsefly River Roundtable||Powerpacks||Horsefly||2,300||52,800|
|Invasive Species Council of BC||Preserving Salmon Habitat by Preventing Aquatic Invasive Species||Semiahmoo Bay||12,000||107,625|
|Juan de Fuca Salmon Restoration Society||Repair to Charters Side Channel||Sooke||11,949||24,749|
|Kingfisher Interpretive Centre Society||Salmon Conservation Through Education||Enderby||7,460||120,460|
|Kitasoo Xai’Xais Stewardship Authority, Kitasoo Xai’xais First Nation||Weir-supported video enumeration of coho and sockeye populations in the Kwakwa Lakes||Kwakwa Lakes||24,500||80,000|
|Kitsumkalum Band, Fish & Wildlife||Kitsumkalum Band Fish Hatchery||Terrace||13,445||189,445|
|Lakelse Watershed Stewards Society||Watershed Water Quality Sampling||Terrace||2,500||20,053|
|Lakelse Watershed Stewards Society||Jackpine Wetland Interpretive Trail||Terrace||5,000||129,100|
|Little River Enhancement Society||Spawning Gravel Nourishment||Comox||4,834||11,272|
|Little River Enhancement Society||Little River Habitat Restoration; Removal of Debris Jams||Comox||1,670||3,974|
|Loon Foundation||Monitoring Salmon Indicators for the Sunshine Coast||Sunshine Coast||9,556||84,815|
|Lord Roberts Elementary||Stream of Dreams at Lord Roberts Elementary||Vancouver||8,548||26,849|
|Mainland Enhancement of Salmonoid Species Society||Embley Creek Habitat Enhancement||Simoom Sound||4,500||29,200|
|Margaret Jenkins Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||Victoria||1,650||3,490|
|Miami River Streamkeepers Society||Riparian Ferns Infill||Harrison Hot Springs||625||2,750|
|Millard/Piercy Watershed Stewards||Piercy Creek vegetation enhancement||Comox||1,500||3,080|
|Nanaimo River Stewardship Society||Nanaimo River Hatchery Upgrades Phase 3||Nanaimo||75,000||563,788|
|North Shore Streamkeepers||Lynn Creek Off-Channel Habitat Restoration (Implementation)||North Vancouver||9,753||216,250|
|North Shore Streamkeepers||Lower Mosquito Creek Salmon Enhancement Project – Phase II||North Vancouver||50,000||439,250|
|Oak and Orca Bioregional School||Salmonids in the Classroom||Victoria||1,650||3,550|
|Oyster River Enhancement Society||ORES Dredging of Channels and Newbury Riffle Repairs||Oyster River||30,000||65,828|
|Peach Arch Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||Surrey||800||2,020|
|Peninsula Streams Society||Rain Gardens for Headwaters Program (2023/24)||Victoria||26,000||97,750|
|Peninsula Streams Society||Portage Inlet Shoreline Restoration||Victoria||15,800||67,800|
|Peninsula Streams Society||Water Quality Monitoring and Stewardship Program||Saanich||10,000||50,500|
|Peninsula Streams Society||Swan Creek Enhancement Project||Saanich||3,000||41,000|
|Peninsula Streams Society||Beach Education and Conservation of Habitat (BEACH)||Sooke||15,900||96,600|
|Peninsula Streams Society||Millstream Stewardship and Restoration||Langford||30,000||79,200|
|Peninsula Streams Society||Colquitz Mainstem Restoration Project (Phase 4)||Saanich||30,000||124,000|
|Peninsula Streams Society||Tetayut (Sandhill) Creek Habitat Enhancement Project||Saanich||8,000||35,300|
|Powell River Salmon Society||PRSS Resiliency Project||Powell River||33,900||155,649|
|Powell River Salmon Society||Salmon Champions Project||Powell River||2,500||45,000|
|Qayqayt Elementary School||Salmonids in the Classroom||New Westminster||1,650||3,790|
|Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers||Beach Creek Gravel Beds||Qualicum Beach||1,935||4,535|
|Raincoast Conservation Foundation||Salmon Summer Initiative||Pitt Meadows||4,000||16,400|
|Redd Fish Restoration Society||Kelp and Salmon Conservation in the Barkley-Clayoquot Region||Ucluelet||32,428||102,028|
|Renfrew Elementary||Stream of Dreams at Renfrew Elementary||Vancouver||6,061||19,063|
|Rivers to Ridges||Salmon in the Schools Yukon||Whitehorse/Yukon||10,000||64,993|
|Salmon Coast Field Station||Boat motor safety upgrade for education and training||Broughton Archipelago||2,500||5,360|
|Second Street Community School||Salmonids in the Classroom||Burnaby||1,650||3,550|
|Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club – Little Campbell Hatchery||Hatchery support equipment||Surrey||67,450||141,450|
|Serpentine Enhancement Society||Incubation Room Upgrade||Surrey||7,850||15,700|
|Seymour Salmonid Society||Ongoing Hatchery Infrastructure & Equipment Project||North Vancouver||16,000||32,200|
|Sir Wilfred Grenfell Elementary School||School Bus for Gently Down Seymour field trip||Vancouver||1,000||2,030|
|Skeena Fisheries Commission||Safety Upgrades for Northern Lake Studies||Meziadin Lake||14,128||29,378|
|Skeena Knowledge Trust||LakeKeepers Training Course||Smithers||2,500||9,060|
|Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society||Parrot’s Feather Control Program in Somenos Creek||Duncan||2,500||7,866|
|Spruce City Wildlife Association||Cottonwood Island Park Assessment||Prince George||15,500||34,600|
|Spruce City Wildlife Association||Touch Tank Display Set Up||Prince George||2,200||6,000|
|Squamish River Watershed Society||Elaho River Chinook Salmon Enhancement Project||Squamish||23,000||50,000|
|Still Moon Arts Society||Road Salt, Salmon, and Benthic Invertebrates||Vancouver||8,150||30,730|
|Stream of Dreams Murals Society||Stream of Dreams at Ecole Whitehorse Elementary and Elijah Smith Elementary||Whitehorse/Yukon||17,804||35,613|
|Suncrest Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||Burnaby||650||2,650|
|Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society||Intake Shut off Valve||Sechelt||10,000||25,000|
|Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society||Pipe project||Sechelt||2,000||4,100|
|Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary||Inflow Habitat Restoration Project||Victoria||2,500||6,230|
|Toboggan Creek Salmon & Steelhead Enhancement society||Field trip funding||Smithers||2,200||4,840|
|Tsolum River Restoration Society||Invasive fish species removal||Courtenay||5,275||16,175|
|Ucluelet Aquarium||Salmon Trail||Tofino||3,000||13,855|
|Unsworth Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||Salmonids in the Classroom||600||1,560|
|Westridge Elementary||Salmonids in the Classroom||Salmonids in the Classroom||600||2,500|
|Wildcoast Ecological Society||MacKay Estuary||Simoom Sound||2,500||10,635|
|Williams Lake Field Naturalists/Scout Island Nature Centre||Intertidal Tank Refresh||Williams Lake||1,500||3,200|
|World Fisheries Trust||Craigflower Creek Stewardship and Restoration||Victoria||8,750||46,763|
|World Fisheries Trust||Salmonids population recovery – Stream to Sea Salmon tank refrigeration||Victoria||5,750||45,750|