Dire Forecast for Canadian Heritage River

June 5, 2019
For Immediate Release


(Duncan BC) Concerns are rising in the Cowichan Valley as the iconic Cowichan River faces a strong likelihood of running out of water by August unless there is heavy and sustained rainfall. The Cowichan is major salmon producing river, including Chinook which are a critical food source for the endangered Southern Resident orca population. Located on Eastern Vancouver Island, adjacent to the Salish Sea, this river is the heart of the Cowichan Tribes First Nation’s territory, and a favourite recreational destination. It also supports major employment for the region, through fishing, tourism, and the Catalyst Paper mill.

Polis Briefing Note: Advancing Freshwater Protection

Tools and Opportunites in British Columbia's Water Sustainability Act

New report from POLIS highlights local opportunities for entities like the Cowichan Watershed Board, First Nations and/or local governments to improve watershed sustainability under BC's new Water Sustainability Act.

Oliver M Brandes & Rosie Simms, POLIS Water Sustainability Project, October 2018

Click here to download the report


Is sunscreen killing B.C.’s Cowichan River?

Stephen Hume, The Province, July 5, 2018

COWICHAN LAKE — On soft early summer mornings similar to those now gracing the South Coast, Joe Saysell would get himself a cup of tea, settle back in his deck chair outside the small house he built for his wife Gail, and enjoy nature’s free light show.


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