2018-2-1 Bring Back the Herring Project (BBtH)

Partnered with MEGAREACH, we have designed a unique project to spotlight the water quality in reservoirs, rivers, estuaries and the Salish Sea itself.

The first phase of the project will be built using a proven successful mapping (GIS) system known as OPENSTREETMAP. The scaleable platform will be based upon a unique platform being rolled out on AWS for the global financial industry. Much consideration is being given to using BLOCKCHAIN technology for the samples to ensure historic data contamination is impossible in the future.

The first phase sees us explore “Importing water sample data published to the public as PDF files on the Municipality of Oak Bay website”.

READ MORE about the Technology





2018-01-18 : CWC Labs

CWC Labs  as potential partner as we scope out our 2018 Vision.

Scientific illiteracy has run rampant across America

Scientific illiteracy has run rampant across America, with many scientists, doctors and journalists unable to carry on intelligent conversations about toxic heavy metals or the difference between genetic engineering and selective breeding.




2017-12-01 : Victoria’s Beautiful Drinking Water

Talked to scientist Kristi Wilson at the CRD Water Quality Office.

Explored ideas on our Cattle Point Foundation Vision 2017 – especially our “BRING BACK THE HERRING PROJECT“.

Helping to achieve the Bioregional Marine Sanctuary Vision :

“To Restore Natural Animal Populations throughout the Salish Sea Bioregion to more than 50% of historic levels as soon as possible”

READ MORE about our Partner RAIN.


2017-12-01 : Keeping Track of Greater Victoria’s Tap Water Quality

May 3, 2010 : Victoria, BC – Many people in Greater Victoria do not know what is in their tap water or even where it comes from. Nils Jensen, Chair of the Regional Water Supply Commission, commented, “The water quality information recently posted on the CRD website along with the Watershed Tours during the first week of May will help to fill this knowledge gap. The quality of water in the Greater Victoria Drinking Water System is very good, as shown by the results of our constant testing.”

Greater Victoria’s drinking water comes from Sooke Reservoir. The forested watershed provides a level of source water protection, which is virtually unique across North America. The water is disinfected using a three step process: ultraviolet light inactivates parasites, free chlorine kills viruses and bacteria and chloramine provides a long lasting chlorine residual in the distribution system. No fluoride or other chemicals are added during the treatment process.

Greater Victoria’s drinking water meets all Federal and Provincial health regulations. The water is very soft, has a neutral pH, moderate colour, low turbidity (cloudiness) and low solids. Greater Victoria’s drinking water contains low chlorine residual, a tiny amount of natural fluoride, low levels of minerals, low levels of disinfection by-products, virtually no heavy metals and no detectable levels of pesticides or other synthetic organic chemicals. In other words, Greater Victoria’s drinking water is safe to drink straight from the tap.

Information on the quality of Greater Victoria’s drinking water can be found on the CRD website at Reports and Documents.

Dr. Richard Stanwick, Chief Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Island Health Authority said, “People who live in Greater Victoria can be justly proud of the quality of water in the Greater Victoria Drinking Water System.”


2017-10-1 : Gracepoint Magic Moment for Aryeh Jackson. A new advocate for our Great Salish Sea.

Dr Andrew Ross (Oak Bay Wild Life photographer) and I were walking by “Gracepoint” (the car lay-by next to Turkey Head) when we spotted a magical “Kodak” moment. There was a young teenager sat on the rocks at exactly at the point where very occasionally our Blue Heron plays with one of our harbour seals.

The touching behaviour occurs when the seal pushes small fish underwater towards the heron, allowing him to fish from the rocks without getting wet.
Usually a few seagulls sit or swim close by waiting to pick up any droppings.

On this day, the Oak Bay boy, Aryeh Jackson, was sat in the exact spot Blue Heron likes to sit. The seal appeared and began his same game, swishing the smelt towards the boy on the rock. Of course Aryeh had no idea he was being asked to play, and take a fish.

Talking to the Grandparents, a few minutes later we explained to them, and to Areyeh, what was happening and how rare it was to see this little game. The one video Dr Ross captured is on Youtube from 2006 over 11 years ago: See below.

This was undoubtedly a magical moment for everyone involved but especially for young Aryeh Jackson. I suspect and hope he will become an advocate for our Great Salish Sea.

W.E. Smith