About the Watershed

News about the Cowichan Watershed and the Cowichan Watershed Board

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.

Advisory group recommends raising weir to prevent dry-up of Cowichan River

Increasing height of weir among recommendations

Robert Barron, Cowichan Valley Citizen, Jun 17, 2018

After months of deliberations, the Cowichan Water Use planning process has resulted in recommendations for water supply and storage options for the Cowichan Lake and river system.

Recommendations were presented during a public meeting held in Lake Cowichan on June 11.

Statement on Watershed Protection and Cowichan Watershed Board

BC Legislature, Sonia Furstenau MLA, 02 Nov 2017

Today, I spoke in the house to recognize the Cowichan Watershed Board.

Cowichan has been identified by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance as a candidate for a watershed governance pilot project – in large part due to the work of the Cowichan Watershed Board and many others who are committed to a healthy future for our watersheds and our community.

Dry Koksilah River threatens fish in Cowichan Valley

Sarah Simpson, Cowichan Valley Citizen, 05 Sep 2017

The Koksilah River is in trouble, with low flows threatening fish populations.

The provincial government has announced a level 3 drought rating and is calling for voluntary 30 per cent water-use reductions for residents of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands as temperatures continue to soar.

Of particular concern is the hot weather negatively affecting stream and river flows and water supplies.

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