Is Bowker Creek affected or going to be affected by climate change? In this playlist we'll look at the details and find out!
Bowker Creek is a beautiful creek that is located in Oak Bay. The creek runs through Victoria, Saanich, and Oak Bay and discharges into the ocean in Oak Bay. Bowker Creek has been around for a long time. It is between 1400 and 1500 years of age. The creek is named after John Sylvester Bowker, an American settler who came to Oak Bay in the 1860s.
Bowker Creek has been a very important ecosystem to our community because it is home to many animals and species, such as birds, ducks, insects, and many native plants. Bowker Creek spans more than ten kilometres.
Bowker Creek used to meander through forests and meadows releasing into the ocean in Oak Bay. Salmon spawned in Bowker Creek and food, water, and transportation was provided for the First Nations. Unfortunately, due to urban development in the 1900s, the creek was turned into a landfill, and later on the creek was excavated and enclosed to prevent the risk of flooding. This has had a major impact on global warming and climate change.
Climate change is an alteration in the global climate pattern, resulting from the many greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that are largely a result of human activity. Climate change is affecting Bowker Creek a lot. The increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing an overgrowth of plants in the creek bed. Global warming is also affecting the creek, making the water level lower. As a result of the more shallow water, the temperature is warming up, making it harder for the marine animals and plants to thrive who live there.
Climate change is a Change in the global climate pattern caused by many greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Climate change is affecting Bowker Creek a lot. The plants in Bowker creek are being affected by this issue because the increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing an overgrowth of plants. Global warming is also affecting the creek, leaving it at a lower water level. As a result of the water being low it is much easier for the water to heat up making it harder for the marine animals to live.
Climate change is now a huge issue in our world. We all need to do our part to address it to save our home. Every little bit counts. Many people in Oak Bay are spending time and giving money to help restore Bowker Creek. The creek has an incredible history. It has been a landfill, a narrow waterway enclosed in pipes, and is now on its way to becoming a natural stream with ambitious plans to restore its native plants and wildlife. I encourage you to go out there and do what you can to help stop climate change!
Here is a time lapse video of how the restoration of Bowker Creek started: