The San Juan Agreement Steering Committee, originally composed of representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Land and Parks (MELP), Ministry of Forest (MOF), Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada (DFO), Macmillan Bloedel Limited and TimberWest commissioned two separate studies to determine the limiting factors for salmon production in the watershed. (San Juan Watershed Project Fish Habitat Assessment-Lower San Juan River and Tributaries, Nov 1996; San Juan Restoration Plan, Oct 2001). Overwintering habitat was identified as the key limiting factor. From 1996 to 2001, several habitat restoration projects were designed and constructed to address this concern. The largest of the projects is Lens Creek Side channel, which is approx. 1.6 kms long and has a wetted area over 3 hectares. In the first year of operation, an estimated 40,000 coho smolt were enumerated out of the channel.
jointly with DFO (Mel Sheng), Pacheedaht First Nation and Teal Jones Forest Ltd