Habitat Restoration: Walleye spawning site in the Kipawa Watershed

Water First: Kacie McLaren and McKaylii Jawbone of Kebaowek First Nation

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Over the past year, Water First and Kebaowek First Nation collaborated on a restoration project to repair a damaged historical walleye spawning site at Bois Franc, Lake Kipawa. The restoration team included members from Kebaowek Land Management, staff from Water First, and consulting biologist Richard Rowe of FRi Ecological Services.

The interns from the Kebaowek team, Kacie McLaren and McKaylii Jawbone, recently shared with us with a written summary of the project outlining the four different stages the project required, from site assessments and the final selection, to moving nine tonnes of rock by hand to create a spawning shoal. In the process, they also received hands-on training for water quality analysis. Kacie and McKaylii are all set to monitor the site this spring to see if the restoration was successful and are already looking forward to this year’s restoration project.

You can download a project summary with photos here.

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