The Little Campbell Watershed Society focuses on activities to preserve, enhance and restore fish, wildlife, water resources and green space within the Little Campbell River Watershed. Local residents meet the 2nd Wednesday of February, April, June, September and November at 7pm at the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Clubhouse, 1284 184 St. Surrey.
Volunteers with the LCWS and our partner organizations participate in activities like:
- Riparian Enhancement
- Educational Events and Programs
- Community Mapping and Surveys
- Water Quality Sampling
- Invertebrate Sampling
- Fish Releases
Did you Know?
The Little Campbell River and its tributaries flow through five jurisdictions, is over 30 km long and drains 74km2 into Semiahmoo Bay and the Boundary Bay system. Crucial habitats include: Salmon spawning areas, old field habitat, coastal Douglas-fir woodlands, floodplain, estuary, and saltmarsh.
In the Sencoten language of the Semiahmoo First Nation the name of the river is TAT-A-LU.
Wildlife Lives Here!
The diversity of the Little Campbell River watershed makes it ideal habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals.
- Species at Risk: Green heron, Pacific water shrew, Oregon spotted frog, Red legged frog, Great blue heron and Anise swallowtail.
- Wild salmonid species: Coho, Chinook, Chum, and Steelhead salmon, and Cutthroat trout.
- Other wildlife: beaver, weasels, coyote, raccoon, deer, snakes, salamanders and numerous bird species.
- Rare plant species: Northern rice root, False pimpernel, and Henderson’s checkermallow.
The diverse flora and fauna of the Little Campbell River, including its wild salmon species, depend on healthy habitat to survive. This includes a good supply of clean water. The current impacts of licensed water extraction on water volumes, combined with population pressures and forecast effects of climate change, create serious threats to the health of the river. Water quality in the Little Campbell and marine waters of Semiahmoo Bay face challenges from the cumulative impact of both point (focused) and non-point (diffuse) sources of pollution. Key examples include storm water run-off from settled areas, insensitive agricultural practices and failing septic systems. Urbanization and increasing pressure from development results in alteration or loss of habitat. If the changes are too extreme, ecosystem health will disappear.