A re-alignment of Departure Creek through a historically underutilized parking lot. New instream fish habitat was created (pool and riffle structures) along with a 15 meter wide riparian setback, The riparian area was planted with: 78 native deciduous and coniferous trees @ 1 for every 10 square meters; 831 native shrubs @ 1 for every 0.9 square meters; 40 semi-aquatic sedges, and 240 herbaceous plants @ 1 for every 0.5 square meters.
The City of Nanaimo is a community of 100,000 residents on the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The City has over 1000 Ha of parkland. 70% of it being natural area. The spread of invasive species and the fragmentation of habitat over the years has negatively impacted these spaces. To address this, the City is working with Snuneymuxw First Nation and a variety of community organizations on several environmental restoration projects to increase the ecological diversity of our parks and natural areas.