About the Watershed

News about the Cowichan Watershed and the Cowichan Watershed Board

Watershed resolution going to UBCM

By Matthew Peterson, Ladysmith Chronicle, April 11, 2011

The Town of Ladysmith is taking a resolution straight to the UBCM they hope will be making some waves.

The town is hoping the government will either gift watersheds to local municipalities or help provide them with funds to buy them from private companies.

Ladysmith Coun. Steve Arnett said they were planning to take the resolution first to the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities, but the resolution was sent straight to the Union of B.C. Municipalities.

Land conservancy adds to its Cowichan River collection

By Peter Rusland, Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, April 06, 2011

Nature lover Marian Bina Bratt’s legacy lives on through her cash bequest that helped The Land Conservancy buy Cowichan River-bank property and its surrounding environment.

The former hunting-lodge owner was retired in Victoria but often climbed in Cowichan hill country, gaining a love for the area’s waterways and wishing to see them protected, TLC staff said.

Pointed bid made for waterfront park

By Peter Rusland, Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, April 05, 2011

$595,000.

That’s how much more the Cowichan Land Trust and The Land Conservancy must raise by June 30 to complete an option to purchase Sansum Point on North Cowichan’s Stoney Hill Peninsula.

The $1.85-million oceanfront eco-jewel would become a 128-acre park within the Cowichan Valley Regional District, the purchase project’s biggest partner.

The CVRD’s chipping $1.2 million of taxpayer cash from its parkland acquisition fund into the buy cheered by politicians and eco-folks Tuesday at Maple Bay Yacht Club.

“Imagine what this park will mean to our community in 20 or 50 years,” said CVRD chairwoman Gerry Giles.

She noted her regional board needs to partner with citizen groups to buy all 11 park sites — less Stocking Lake bought about a year ago — targeted in the CVRD’s parks master plan.

Student plantings make creek a busy place

By Lexi Bainas, The Citizen March 4, 2011

"Sh-hwuykwselu" lived up to its name earlier this week.

Named "Busy Place Creek" in English, the small watercourse that runs behind the Polkey Road industrial area to join the Koksilah River, was a busy place indeed as students from Koksilah Elementary School's streamkeepers program planted young willow trees that will provide habitat for coho salmon in the coming years.

Swan around the local marsh with Festival

Sarah Simpson, The Citizen, October 20, 2010

The 2010 edition of the Return of the Swans Festival begins at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 with the masquerade fundraising dance at the Quw'utsun Cultural Centre.

"It is such an important fundraiser," the Somenos Marsh Society's President Paul Fletcher said last week. "There's room for 200 people, it's a silent auction, and there's live music and food."

More water heading down river

Cowichan Valley Citizen, October 15, 2010

Beginning on Oct. 15, water flows were again increased in the Cowichan River to help manage current high lake levels.

A joint agreement to increase water flows was reached by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Ministry of Environment Water Stewardship Division, Cowichan Tribes, Cowichan River Hatchery and Catalyst Paper Crofton Division. Water storage levels in Lake Cowichan are above target with associated concern for even higher lake levels later this fall.

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