Crabapple Creek has been given a major facelift, courtesy of the Whistler Fisheries Stewardship Group and the Community Foundation of Whistler’s Environmental Legacy Fund.
The creek is a prime spawning area for both resident rainbow trout in the creek and for rainbow trout originating from Alta Lake.
The lower section of the creek, which is bordered by housing and Lorimer Road, has been confined to a straight and narrow channel. Poor stream complexity and heavy sediment input from upstream has made this section a poor habitat for rainbow trout.
The stewardship group added a number of in-stream structures to the area, including two rock riffles, some large woody debris and boulders.
Last month, the Resort Municipality of Whistler cleaned out sediment traps in the Brio section of Crabapple Creek, hoping to slow some of the infilling through the lower sections of creek where fish spawn.
More than 1,000 plants have also been planted through Brio and lower Crabapple Creek.
The works completed this year are expected to benefit the offspring of approximately 120 rainbow trout that spawn in the creek during their development stage as fry, by creating holding pools and eddies in which to rest and hide.
The RMOW, Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, and the Whistler Blackcomb Habitat Improvement Team also contributed to the work.
11 th Annual BC Rivers Day coming
The Whistler Fisheries Stewardship Group will be celebrating B.C. World Rivers Day on Sunday, Sept. 30 at Lost Lake Park, and are inviting members of the community to join in the festivities.
The free family event will take place from noon to 3 p.m., and will feature fun and educational activities for both kids and adults, including a “Get Bear Smart Scavenger Hunt,” canoeing and kayaking, flycasting presentations and lessons, children’s crafts and activities, and a barbecue.
Rivers Day is a celebration of rivers and the benefits they provide, like clean drinking water, fish, wildlife, and other historic uses. B.C. Rivers Day is a province-wide event that is held every year on the last Sunday in September.
Established in 1980 and coordinated by the Outdoor Recreation Council, it has been proclaimed by communities across B.C. and attracts over 75,000 people to more than 100 events each year.
Organizers are encouraging attendees to walk, ride their bikes, carpool or take the bus to the event, as parking at Lost Lake Park is limited.