Community Papers

Fish health means lake health in Chilliwack

'P.S. I Love You' is aimed at raising awareness about the Cultus Pygmy Sculpin.
— image credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO

Some Cultus Lakes mailboxes will sport messages that read "P.S. I Love You" starting on Valentine's Day.

The P.S. part of the message stands for Pygmy Sculpin, a fish unique to Cultus Lake.

It's all part of a new campaign by Cultus Lake Aquatic Stewards to raise awareness about the SARA-listed species that only thrives in Cultus Lake, said Marion Robinson, chair of Cultus Lake Aquatic Stewardship Strategy.

"It's the only place in the world you can find this fish, so it's also a symbol of the lake's well being."

Cultus Lake stewards have been collaborating with stakeholders and building community around environmental impacts and water quality for the past several years.

"Using 'P.S. I love You' in this manner was a way to inject a little humour," she said.

About 20 Soowahlie children recently participated in an art project highlighting the local fish.

"Our hearts were energized by the interest and good attendance we had," she said. "It was a way to address the future of this cute little fish through art."

For valentine's day, the lake group is inviting the community Tweet, post and Facebook and otherwise reach out with the 'P.S. I love you" message.

"Of course, in this case we mean Pygmy Sculpin," said Robinson.

jfeinberg@theprogress.com

Twitter.com/chwkjourno

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

The Kosovars, 15 years later
 
Former pilot flew Sidney’s landmark jet
 
White Rock waterfront air quality to be monitored
School districts await BCTF vote tonight
 
Mother of dead girl charged with murder
 
Murder charge laid in death of Sooke woman
Franciscan friar to bless pets
 
1945 real estate advertisement
 
Just imagine!