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Healing waters: Saanich Peninsula group remedies Tetayut creek

Volunteers rebuild riffles and more on Saanich Peninsula waterway

Repaired riffles mean a healthier system for a waterway that flows primarily through Central Saanich.

Peninsula Streams and Shorelines volunteers reconstructed riffles, added spawning gravel, removed a stump causing excess erosion and staked the banks in Tetayut Creek recently, posting before and after photos online Sept. 18.

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Riffles improve the habitat for salmonids by aerating and cooling the water, allowing fish passage during times of low flow, and supporting gravel spawning beds.

Tetayut hosts both cutthroat and coho salmon. In 2018, Peninsula Streams and Shorelines crews initiated restoration of the channel to improve fish passage.

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