|What is ERWRP?|
The Englishman River Watershed Recovery Plan (ERWRP) was created in 2001 with funding from the Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund, through the Pacific Salmon Foundation. The Englishman River was chosen due to the high level of community involvement in the watershed and because the Englishman River was, at that time, ranked the most endangered river in the province.
The ERWRP describes populations of coho and steelhead as key indicators of success. In other words, if these fish species maintain healthy populations then it is likely that the biodiversity and natural processes in the watershed are at healthy levels too. The Plan also describes the need to address issues of water quality and quantity, and development. The Steering Committee work to address these issues in a pro-active and integrated manner.
MVIHES plays a central role in the Englishman River Watershed Recovery Plan. We coordinate projects and community discussions about management of the watershed. We disseminate information regarding the Recovery Plan progress, and provide opportunities for the community to participate in hands on care for the watershed, estuary and shorelines.
The Steering Committee meets several times a year to discuss how partner agencies and community members can contribute to the ongoing implementation of the ERWRP. The Steering Committee consist of federal, provincial, and regional governments, private biologists, a land trust, and MVIHES. Members include The Nature Trust of BC, Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Habitat, Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Community Advisor, Ministry of Environment - Fisheries, Ministry of Environment – Environmental Stewardship, Ministry of Environment – Parks and Protected Areas, BC Conservation Foundation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Stock Assessment, Regional District of Nanaimo - Parks and Trails, TimberWest, Community Fisheries Development Centre, Island Timberlands, and several private consultants including Dave Clough and Bill Pollard.