The Bee Creek watershed is a small coastal watershed, about 435 hectares in size. It is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in the City of Colwood, which is approximately 10 km west of Victoria. Bee Creek itself is just over 1 km long. Most of its flow is derived from a groundwater seepage area at the base of a small escarpment. The goal was to restore this salmon-bearing habitat to its original state, including vegetation and a series of wetlands and ponds. Increasing the diversity and structure of the sites disturbed wetlands will provide enhanced ecological functions including nesting habitat, water quality improvements, and invertebrate food sources for migrating birds. Inland wetlands provide winter storm shelter and complementary fresh water foraging opportunities for birds. These forested wetlands reduce storm pulses into the lagoon and promote stronger base flows.
This project was a collaboration between Pacific Centre and its many volunteers, numerous funding agencies and community sponsors. Aqua-Tex provided the original concept and design and worked collaboratively with other professionals, particularly PT DeGreeff Landscape Planning and Joseph Brown Contracting in the final design and construction.