About the Watershed

News about the Cowichan Watershed and the Cowichan Watershed Board

What's Your Water Worth?

by David Slade, Watermark, Spring 2015

Priceless Treasure or Worthless Excess?

On this beautiful, wet coast, it is often hard to convince people that we should treasure our fresh water resources, especially when we are just recovering from a typical long, soggy winter. However, there are factors at play that may force us to start treating our water with a lot more respect than it currently enjoys.

Cowichan Lake algae non-toxic, expected to be short-lived

Lexi Bainas, Cowichan Valley Citizen, May 20 2015

Parker Jefferson, Cowichan Lake & River Stewardship SocietyBoth area residents and local volunteers saw and smelled a problem as thick masses of brown algae appeared in the waters of Cowichan Lake recently.

The Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society is now supplying more information about what led to it.

According to the society's Parker Jefferson, "this algae growth was present throughout the entire lake, [with] residents of local communities complaining about strong rotten organic odours coming off the lake.

Cowichan Valley Regional District moving river sewage outfall

Andrea Rondeau, Cowichan Valley Citizen, April 8, 2015

Project: 'critical'

Municipal partners are starting the process to move a sewage outfall out of the Cowichan River. "It is critical that the CVRD and its partners start the process of moving this outfall," said Cowichan Valley Regional District Board Chair Jon Lefebure. "Funding opportunities are available this year that make this project a priority. There are still many steps to take in the coming months before any change takes place."

One particular grant would pay 50 per cent of the approximately $22 million project costs, if the CVRD is successful in their application.

Water flowing at Cowichan Bay after 50-plus years

Lexi Bainas, Cowichan Citizen, April 3 2015

Members of the crowd at the official opening of the causeway bridge at the Cowichan Estuary were in a celebratory mood Saturday as they saw the ribbon cut on the long-awaited project.

They had many reasons for being there: some were members of the Cowichan Estuary Restoration and Conservation Association (CERCA), others from Valley naturalist groups. There were local politicians, a Cowichan Tribes elder and representatives from nearby industrial operations.

CVRD to apply for funds to raise weir

Andrea Rondeau, The Citizen, April 1 2015

The Cowichan Valley Regional District will be applying for federal funding to help pay for a possible raising of the weir at Lake Cowichan.

Directors voted last week in favour of getting the ball rolling on a process that is expected to take several years, by preparing an application for the Strategic Priorities Fund.

The deadline to submit an application for the grant money is April 15, which is what prompted the CVRD to take this step even though design and engineering work as well as community consultation has not yet taken place on the proposed project.

"Communication is going to be key," acknowledged Dir. Ian Morrison.

Unmasking Water Woman

Peter Rusland, Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Mar 13 2015

Lahna Lampson as Water WomanPortraying Water Woman last summer perfectly matched undercurrents of acting and community activism running through Lahna Lampson’s life.

“It was a dream job plopped on my doorstep,” said the native Cowichanian who — decked as a blue-and-red caped crusader — trumpeted water conservation and river preservation at events bridging kids’ camps and SunFest, to the Islands Folk Festival.

“It was acting. I was able to design my costume and write a Water Woman script; things I loved doing, while involved with doing something for the valley.”

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