Water Quality Monitoring

This is a three year research project where stewards and volunteers will be taking weekly water quality measurements of the Salmon River tributaries found on Trinity Western University grounds. Our goal is to determine how our tributaries are doing and whether these conditions are improving, degrading or staying the same. These tests consist of phosphate, nitrate, oxygen, turbidity, PH, temperature, depth and flow. By giving our students and volunteers’ hands on experience with field equipment and techniques we hope to teach them about water quality, salmon habitats and water management issues. Another goal is to teach them how to work as a team and how to work together to formulate working interpretations and hypothesis of what they are observing in the field.

Fish Population, Distribution And Seasonality

This is also scheduled as a three-year project to determine fish population, distribution and seasonality within our tributaries here at Trinity Western University. This study consists of bimonthly trapping for salmon and other fish species using "G" traps. This is to help us determine fish populations and species diversity found on campus and to determine population stability. We hope to teach our volunteers about fish habitats, fish biology and population ecology as well as helping us to preserve some of the best salmon-rearing habitat in the Lower Mainland.

Riparian Zone Restoration And Tree Growth Studies

This is a long term project where we are attempting to restore a proper riparian habitat to Trinity Western University’s part of the Salmon River. Tree planting was done on campus in the spring of 2000 and is scheduled again for the spring of 2001. This study consists of monitoring tree growth and applying various devices to try to control the invasive canary grass that dominates the banks of the river. By studying how to control the growth of the trees and the grass, we hope to establish a good population of trees on our banks to improve water quality and salmon habitat. This study covers a broad range of fields including, applied ecology, statistical analysis, agricultural practices and hands on field experience in watershed restoration.

Amphibian Population And Distribution Studies

This extensive project is slated to start the summer of 2001. This is to be a five-year project where we will work to determine amphibian population and distribution on Trinity property. Amphibian populations have been declining worldwide over the past decade. Many scientific organizations and volunteer groups have been formed to determine and monitor these populations to formulate strategies to cease this decline. By performing this study we hope to add to the body of knowledge that will be needed for us to be able to understand this complex problem. This will involve various catch and release methods for aquatic and terrestrial amphibians. The exciting part of this study is that it is literally going to be built from the ground up for students by students. This is an excellent opportunity to be a part of a large-scale study from the ground up and have input on its formation. This is ecology at its best. Our hope is for students to gain the experience they need to help them in their future careers.

Invitation to Get Involved

There are more projects on the horizon, as more people become involved and as the environmental studies program continues to grow. We invite you to become a part of our ESA and to help us discover more about the wonder of God’s creation and educating people of all ages about the splendour of what God has made. For more information please contact Christopher Hall.