A long-awaited FOCI streamkeeper project is finally nearing completion. Take a look next time you drive to the ferry over the Whaletown Creek at the pair of signs recently erected, and note the first of 2 signs by Hansen Creek, at the bottom of the Gorge hill. This is the culmination of a community collaboration between the Cortes General Partnership who provided the grant money, FOCI Streamkeepers, Mainroad Contracting and our local highways crew, but especially, Klahoose.
The Klahoose people have had a deep relationship with salmon for millennia. When Streamkeepers were discussing signage for the main creeks, it was important to incorporate Coast Salish into the signs and acknowledge the importance of salmon to the Klahoose. Rose Hanson inspired the wording “fish water” and Julie Hanuse provided the orthography.
Thank-you to Rose and Julie for their valuable contribution to the creek signage!
Thank-you to Mike Manson for his work on securing the grant and handling the details on the signage.
And thanks to Mainroad Contracting who have a mandate to provide community service in the communities they serve, in addition to highways maintenance. The signs were installed to highway specifications and approved by upper management, Damian Girard. The local highways crew, Johnny Messent and Bruce Brown, are fish-loving guys, and they were instrumental in the sign installation at this last stage.
The two Basil Creek signs will appear soon along with the anticipated return of chum into Basil Creek.