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The PODS Enterprise - Looking Forward to 2020 15386 SUNSHINE COAST HIGHWAY PO BOX 8 MADEIRA PARK BC VON 2H0 604.883.9201 The Ruby Lake Lagoon Society Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean. Ryunosuke Satoro Our primary underlying philosophy is that we all benefit by connecting with the wonders of the incredi- ble natural world around us. The special connection that our com- munities have between the land and the sea and the forest and all their inhabitants is what makes the Sunshine Coast such a truly magnif- icent place to live. We also strong- ly believe that if we think positively positive things will happen. Our primary aim has always been to promote the preservation and enhancement of biodiversi- ty throughout the Sunshine Coast and we have always engaged with the local community here by in- spiring curiosity and excitement in the natural world. Most of all though we are very proud to have initiated our flagship Nature School Program which provides top quali- ty field trips and week long school programs for teachers to immerse students in outdoor education in- cluding guided nature hikes pond dipping and microscope studies. TheLagoonSocietyhasinitiatedand hosted two major summits on the Sunshine Coast the Water Summit in 2006 and the Biodiversity Sum- mit in 2012. One result of the Wa- ter Summit was that our local area produced a Water Master Plan and subsequently received over 4.5m from the Province to rebuild our lo- cal water treatment infrastructure. The Biodiversity Summit resulted in the writing of the collaborative and comprehensive Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy which is now acting as the basic foundation for all our conservation activities in- cluding the PODS project. Home to rich First Nations culture and traditions and a diverse popu- lation of fisher and forest people we are all connected to the health of the ocean and our local waters. Pender Harbour is perfectly situ- ated to become a hub of learning research and science honouring our marine heritage fostering The Lagoon Society was formed by a group of local res- idents in April 2002. Three years lat- er we built and opened the Iris Grith Field Studies and Interpretive Centre a state-of- the art green building near Ruby Lake. The IGC is now a hub of activity for local families with a restored wetland and small lake and numerous exhibits and displays. We also showcase many different sources of green energy such as solar and wind power and have beautiful wild ower gardens and landscaping using only native plants. 01 knowledge and respect of the ma- rine environment for all future gen- erations. Programs will be geared toward helping elementary and secondary school educators meet core competencies in science so- cial studies fine arts career devel- opment applied design skills and technologies. The Iris Griffith Centre is also the venue for numerous environmental workshops festivals conferences our annual BioBlitz and many oth- er events and has grown into an established community of its own. The building of the Iris Griffith Cen- tre has had a huge beneficial effect on the local economy and the vis- itors that we have attracted have added greatly to local commerce particularly through supporting lo- cal restaurants and hotels. We have also added over 5.5 million to the local economy through the hun- dreds of different grants awards and bequests of which we have been fortunate enough to be the beneficiaries and which allowed us to expand our programs to reach so many people. The Lagoon Society strongly be- lieves in partnering with other local organizations and we regularly col- laborate with regional groups. We now also run The EarthFair Store in Madeira Park and operate the 20- passenger Wood Duck Community Bus. We are also extremely proud to have The Honourable Judith Gui- chon Lieutenant Governor of BC as our patron. Our primary underlying philosophy is that we all benefit by connecting with the wonders of the incredible natural world around us. 02 The PODS Project Building on our many successes we believe it is time to expand our stew- ardship beyond the relatively calm freshwaters and shaded forests of the Sunshine Coast and to reach out into our spectacular and dynamic ma- rine environment. PODS Will House By 2020 we will have built an iconic learning and gathering space called PODS The Pend- er Ocean Discovery Station. PODS will include a spectacular aquarium and state- of-the-art marine research and education centre as well as conference and meet- ing facilities and indoor and outdoor interactive classrooms for students of all ages. o A BEAUTIFUL INTERACTIVE SUB- TERRANEAN FRESHWATER MARINE AQUARIUM o INTERACTIVE HANDS-ON EXHIBITS IN OPEN TOUCH TANKS o WETLAB CLASSROOM WITH TOUCH TANKS MICROSCOPES LABORATORY EQUIPMENT o THREE FULLY EQUIPPED MARINE o PERFORMANCE SPACES FOR FESTI- VALS CONCERTS CULTURAL EVENTS AND THEATRE SHOWS o A LARGE COVERED OUTDOOR SPACE FOR PERFORMACES o A GIFT SHOP CAFE TEA SHOP o A HOME BASE FOR ECO-TOURS OF MARINE FRESHWATER LOCAL TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH AND MONITORING LABORATORIES o CONFERENCE FACILITIES FOR 150-200 PEOPLE WITH BIG SCREEN CINEMA PROJECTOR o COMMUNITY LEARNING GATHER- ING SPACES o TWO OUTDOOR CHILDRENS AM- PHITHEATRE CLASSROOMS ln my capacity as a member of numerous Boards of Directors I have been a part of many community economic development initiatives which impacted positively on the economy of the lower Sunshine Coast. lt is within that context that I can positively say that the PODS development as proposed by the Ruby Lake Lagoon Society holds the promise to become the most exciting if not the most signicant community economic development initiative undertaken on the lower Sunshine Coast in the last 35 years. Barrie Wilbee Director of The Pender Harbour Advisory Council The availability of PODS as an educational tool for the general public and the many visitors to the area will go a long way in raising consciousness assisting in understanding and encouraging responsible stewardship of our natural environment. Frank Mauro Elected Area A Representative Sunshine Coast Regional District 04 With the potentially destruc- tive consequences of climate changeand lossofbiodiversity there could not be a better time for greater scientific un- derstanding of our oceans. We know that there are ma- jor changes occurring in Mala- spina Strait and throughout- the northern Georgia Strait and Salish Sea but there are huge gaps in our knowledge. Without up-to-date knowl- edge and the application of ground breaking scientific discoveries and technologies we are all left in the dark. By 2020 PODS will welcome residents students and visi- torsofallagesfromaroundthe world to the heart of Madeira Park to help shed light on the oceans around us and to give our children roots and wings. The PODS Project Partnering in Education IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES Elementary The existing relation- ships and connections developed over the last 10 years of Nature School programming will aid in the development of a new Aquaschool program at PODS. Based on The Open Minds Education concept our program directors and facilita- tors will connect with teachers in schools throughout the region to help achieve curriculum outcomes that will also connect to the ex- isting programs at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. Teachers will have an opportuni- ty to host their class in the PODS wetlab and to meet with research- ers working at our marine research facility. Students will be able to ex- perience what research feels like and to see how it is conceived and undertaken by professional scien- tists creating an unforgettable con- ceptual link for any aspiring young scientist. Most programs will be designed to be 1 to 3 hour sessions in the wetlab classroom PODS gal- leries and display areas or outdoors in the field. Pre-visit and follow up activities will be designed to reflect key topics in marine and freshwa- ter science and timely conservation issues. We will welcome opportunities to collaborate and coordinate with ex- isting programs such as those op- erated by the Sunshine Coast Wild- life Project the Botanical Garden Society the NEST program based out of Davis Bay Elementary and the future Marine Education Cen- tre at the Gibsons Public Market. Secondary We will create place- and project-based culturally-rel- evant hands-on biological experi- ences for local secondary schools. Our environmental stewardship courses will help complement ma- rine biological components of the existing curriculum and include outdoor recreation opportunities for example to explore careers in fisheries management marine sciences and even scuba instruc- tion. Having a living lab available to students as opposed to watching dockside while species are brought to the surface for display is a strong incentive for inquisitive minds as anyone who has spent their child- hood exploring rock pools along our wonderful coast knows only too well. All of these possibilities for widening the curriculum of grade 11 and 12 biology applied 05 You are water Im water were all water in different containers. Someday well all evaporate together. Yoko Ono design skills and technologies will be actively facilitated by PODS. Post Secondary Currently the col- leges and universities on the Sun- shine Coast offer very little by way of a science-themed curriculum. As a result students graduating from high school who are interested in environmental biological or phys- ical sciences must leave the pen- insula for such educational oppor- tunities. PODS would add capacity and contribute to regional campus infrastructure with possible part- nerships with Capilano University Vancouver Community College Douglas College and the shshlh First Nation in addition to its prima- ry role as a research lab. This would provide a desperately needed link for students preparing for a future in the sciences. In the past instructors of Environmental Stewardship courses at Capilano University always made a point of bringing their students to the Iris Griffiths Centre using this focal point as a stellar example of envi- ronmental advocacy at the commu- nity level. After years of success in ecological education it is only natu- ral that this educational capacity be restored enhanced and expanded. The Lagoon Society is already ac- tively engaged in citizen science projects with research partners at Simon Fraser University the Uni- versity of British Columbia and the Pacific Salmon Foundation which are proving extremely valuable for data collection ecosystem compre- hension and for integration of the volunteers involved. PODS will pro- vide vital facilities for conducting further more elaborate marine and freshwater research programs and will be within easy reach for stu- dents from numerous universities and colleges. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new land- scapes but in hav- ing new eyes. Marcel Proust 06 PODS Monitoring Research The idea of the monitoring program at PODS is that we do not act alone but instead we create a model for other facilities up and down the coast of BC to join in collaborative monitoring studies. Our hope is to form a network of stations in col- laboration with the Coastal Ocean Research Institute sponsored by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre that together pro- vide a truly comprehensive and representative picture of the spa- tial and temporal changes of spe- cies along the entire coast. Some possible monitoring pro- grams might include Invasive subtidal and intertidal marine species monitoring - par- ticularly tunicates and green crab Baseline monitoring for ground fish and other non-target species Salmon escapement monitoring walking the creeks Juvenile salmon monitoring Support the Sliammon First Na- tions in monitoring herring recruit- ment Surf-zone foraging fish egg sur- veillance Kelp and sea grass drone sur- veys Fixed quadrat intertidal fauna and flora surveying Hydrophonic surveying of Pender Harbour and the Malaspina Strait Continued citizen-science monitoring of the Salish Sea with support of the Pacific Salmon Foundation Pinniped seal and sea lions and other marine mammal population surveys Monitoring of stickleback spe- cies-pairs lakes for aquatic macro- phytes and macroinvertebrates Monitoring watersheds for changes in biodiversity Monitoring of sea bird colonies Identification and monitoring sponge reefs Pender Harbour offers important opportunities for marine and freshwater research because of its proximity to the biogeo- graphical intersection of the rugged Georgia and Malaspina Straits and the protected Sechelt In- let. These water bodies are linked by the Skookumchuck Rapids with their dynamic tidal exchange and highly biodiverse ora and fauna. The coastal region includes fjords deep-water chan- nels basins shallow tidal ats estuaries and sea grass beds that are home to a wide variety of life forms. The ever-changing distribution of marine fauna reects dynamic conditions stemming from nutrient ux temperature and current stratification. 07 Water is the driving force of all nature. Leonardo De Vinci The research program at PODS will focus first on collaboration with ex- isting researchers and research es- tablishments. We will seek to form partnerships with local academic in- stitutions marine-based industries and independent researchers on projects that impact the coastal en- vironment and peoples livelihoods. The potential for both national and international participation and net- working is considerable. Investigating sea urchin distribu- tion Impacts of urchins on kelp pop- ulations Study of crustacean life histo- ries such as Dungeness crab Puget Sound king crab and spot prawns Potential for geoduck farming Study of forage fish herring sandlance smelt critical habitat and breeding Study of eelgrass habitat resto- ration along a disturbance gradient Study of effects of docks on marine life Aquaculture impacts and sus- tainable development with regard to fin fish shelled mollusks and other invertebrates Microbiological studies around harmful algal bloom bacteria viruses The effects of shrimp harvesting using drag nets on marine life in local areas Genetic diversity and taxonomy of micro and macro fauna Identifying boundaries for po- tential Marine Protected Areas The effects of underwater artifi- cial sound on marine fauna Investigations into the effects of ocean acidification and tempera- ture change on shellfish aquacul- ture. Oysters pink scallops cockles and clams are all commonly har- vested here The potential risk of microplas- tics being ingested by shellfish Effects of crayfish and bullfrogs and other introduced species on stickleback species-pairs Predicting accelerating recruitment or decline of marine species is com- plex. Having the tools to establish baselines of ocean health in local coastal regions is key to under- standing these complex processes and will require collaboration of many different levels of expertise from researchers at universities to teachers and students at local colleges and schools and to local enthusiasts interested in getting in- volved in citizen science. 08 PenderHarbouristhelargestprotectedharbouronthecoastofBritishColumbia. Itformsanin- tricatemazeofbaysandcoveswithchannelsthatweaveinlandfor5kmandprovidesover60kms ofshoreline.PenderHarbourklpilnwasthehomeoftheoneofthelargestwintersettlements of the shshlh Sechelt Nation where up to 5000 people lived in Garden Bay. It is the home of commercial fisherman aquaculturalists and loggers and has a long history of boat building. This is the right time place for PODS In the wider region we are blessed with innumerable freshwater lakes lagoons and ponds hundreds of hectares of wetlands marshes and fens majestic rain forests alpine meadows and mile upon mile of cascading creeks and waterfalls including the famous Chatterbox Falls. Extensive tidal flats are dot- ted along the entire length of the coast and the numerous bays and estuaries provide shelter food and breeding habitat for hundreds of different species. The unique and extraordinary Skookumchuck Rap- ids are globally recognized and the immense expanses of some of Can- adas deepest fjords the Jervis Inlet is 732m deep and ocean habitats make the Sunshine Coast one of a kind. It is this abundance of water that is continually flowing through our lives that gives us such a special connection and appreciation of the living world around us. Madeira Park is within relatively engage with local rural coastal com- munities. Current facilities include the Bamfield Marine Research Station The Hakai Institute Deep Bay Marine Field Station and sev- eral smaller research stations and aquariums on Vancouver Island. These are all wonderful facilities and great learning places but they all have one big drawback which is that transportation costs and travel time are often prohibitive barriers to students who would like to visit these facilities. The federal government has a new mandate to fund science and research with a special focus on ocean environments the effects of climate change the importance of maintaining biodiversity and the consequent beneficial ecosystem services and increasing Marine Pro- tected Areas MPAs in BC. The partnerships and collabora- tions that we have been nurturing easy reach of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland and is only just over an hours journey from Gib- sons after a short ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay. It is quite feasible to travel to Pender Harbour and back in a single day and there are regular bus routes traveling north from the ferry terminal in Langdale. If you need to stay longer there are numerous options for accommoda- tion with literally dozens of nearby hotels and bed and breakfasts to choose from. There are also many log cabins available for rent and numerous local camp sites situat- ed in beautiful locations close to lake and sea shores. Mooring your boat for the night is always an easy option with many local restaurants and shops within walking distance of the docks. University teachers are continu- ally looking for places to conduct place-based research with wet lab facilities for their students and to 09 for the past fourteen years are very important for success in obtaining government support and in helping achieve these mandates by pro- viding sound science and research upon which better informed deci- sions can be made. Universities such as SFU and UBC have already expressed keen in- terest in PODS and have indicated there is a strong possibility of im- portant partnerships and collabo- rations and helping to source fund- ing for the project. The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and the newly created Coastal Ocean Research Institute have also agreed to help us wherever they can. The opportunity for elemen- tary and secondary students to study side-by-side with university students in fields of marine science and biodiversity will be absolutely invaluable and is sure to act as a major attractant to families think- ing of coming to live on the coast. 10 Two of the greatest things we give our children are roots and wings. Hodding Carter The Board of Directors of the Lagoon Society provide clear direction and oversight of the mission of the Society and are comprised of scientists school principals university instructors busi- ness professionals fishers communi- ty philanthropists and marine life ex- perts. We have staff and contractors withexpertiseinmarineandfreshwater biology all levels of environmental education mentoring management event production design project management and legal matters. The Lagoon Society has established an ex- tensive network of scientists biolo- gists naturalists and experts across Canada. Over the past 14 years we have hosted two major Summits The Water Summit in 2006 and The Biodi- versity Summit in 2012 and held hun- dreds of scientific workshops festivals BioBlitzes conferences and symposia. PODS People 11 Our preliminary budget to build the marine research centre and aquarium includ- ing the purchase of land ar- chitectural components and acquisition of freshwater and marine species is 10 mil- lion. We are currently work- ing with architects marine aquarium specialists and en- gineers structural geotechni- cal mechanical to design the PODS buildings. In order to achieve this and to qualify for major funding sources the Lagoon Society must acquire the title to the land on which to build this unique vision for the community. The unique vision of PODS has already put Pender Harbour firmly on the map and together we not only stand to convey our inspiration to local children residents and visitors of all ages but also to rejuvenate the economy and vibrancy of our beautiful and precious Pender Harbour Community. We are building a diversified funding model to ensure re- siliency and broad long- term support including the estab- lishment of a PODS Endow- ment Fund.We have also been approached by and are ap- proaching private public and corporateintereststhatwishto contribute to the building and the operating costs of PODS. The Lagoon Society will be building this facility for the benefit of the Pender Har- bour community not only for the students and families who live here now but also for those who will be attracted to move to the Coast or to return here to raise a family. We are gathering data on how this iconic and diverse com- munity asset will increase en- rollment in our local schools provide diversification en- courage synergies and offer both direct and indirect benefits. PODS will be a huge boost to the local economy and establish Madeira Park as a landmark for marine ecolo- gy scientific research and ed- ucation. PODS Budget Become a Patron of the Lagoon Society Become a Member of the Lagoon Society Help Host the Iris Griffith Centre Help out at the EarthFair Store in Downtown Madeira Help Organize Fund-raising Events Join Our Citizen Science Projects Help Steward the Tyner Regional Park Drive the Wood Duck Bus Grow Plants in our Native Plant Nursery Help us Organize Ourselves Make a Donation Consider a Legacy Package or a Bequest For more info visit our website lagoonsociety.com or email infolagoonsociety.com Check out our Facebook page for regular updates facebook.comlagoonsociety Get Involved To help us on our voyage of discovery we are seeking financial help from many different sourc- es but this is obviously a very considerable undertaking and we welcome all the volunteer help we can muster. If you would like to assist us in some way please do not hesitate to contact us and maybe con- sider helping us to grow in any of the following ways. Educational Partners National Science and Engineering Re- search Council of Canada NSERC funder of the Nature School programs for the past decade Pacific Salmon Foundation School District No. 46 Real Estate Foundation of BC Canada Summer Jobs Supporters Collaborators McLean Foundation Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project Sunshine Coast Natural History Society Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden BC Parks BC Nature PH Rotary Club South Coast Conservation Program Coastal Invasive Species Committee UBC - Faculty of Zoology - Dr. Dolph Schlut- er Lab SFU - Centre for Coastal Studies - Dr. Patri- cia Gallaugher UBC - School of Architecture Landscape Architecture - Oliver Neumann Pender Harbour Community Association West Coast Log Homes Capilano University Sunshine Coast Credit Union Deutscher Architecture Ruby Lake Resort Pacific Salmon Foundation Pye Design Modus Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center Telus D. Jensen Associates Ltd. Sharp Six Bluewaters Environmental Culex Environmental Acknowledgements The Lagoon Societys success is a product of our collaborative spirit and our diverse and com- mitted supporters. Here are just some of them. We are delighted to have Jeremiah Deutscher of Deutscher Architecture on board as our archi- tect and we would like to thank him for the amazing designs that he has created for this proj- ect. We would also particularly like to thank Rachel Forbes of Sharp Six who has done such a wonderful job in helping to get PODS off the ground. For more info visit our website lagoonsociety.com or email infolagoonsociety.com 14 BRITISHBRITISH COLUMBIACOLUMBIA SCRDSCRD Gibsons Sechelt Sechelt Indian Government District Sunshine Coast Regional District SCRD Nelson Island Gambier Island HOWE SOUND SALISH SEA STRAIT OF GEORGIA SECHELTINLET Egmont Pender Harbour Halfmoon Bay Roberts Creek Port Mellon PRINCESS LOUISA IN LET Total Land Area in the SCRD 382720 ha Total Park Area in the SCRD 14672 ha 3.83 of the SCRD is Protected as Park Legend SCRD Boundary Municipal Boundaries Parks 0 10 205 Kilometers T H E P O D S E N T E R P R I S E Madeira Park