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Free Micro Drip Irrigation Workshops

Grow Low Flow!

Are you thinking of installing an irrigation system? Want to know more?

One of these free knowledge-packed workshops is for you!

The free introductions to Micro / Drip Irrigation are presented by the Cowichan Watershed Board in partnership with the Cowichan Valley Regional District and the District of North Cowichan.

The workshops will be lead by an irrigation professional, Karen Hounsome.

World Water Day 2017

Media Release: March 21, 2017


“World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home...”  (UN Water,

(Duncan, BC) As communities across the globe recognize UN World Water Day, and the Cowichan Valley watches the last remnants of snow trickle into rivers and out to sea, the Cowichan Watershed Board would like to applaud our most water wise residents for leading the way to a sustainable future. 

2016 Drought Update

Cowichan Watershed Board, May 28, 2016

(Duncan, BC) Due to a very warm dry spring, the Cowichan Watershed is experiencing the lowest water levels ever witnessed at this time. While we started the year with a healthier snowpack, the warm April weather melted it quickly.  We depend on the weir on Lake Cowichan to capture spring rains and run-off but it is not tall enough to hold adequate water to supply the river for the whole summer. The lake is now too low to sustain the recommended min. 7 cubic metres per second (cms) river flow rate through the summer unless significantly more rain falls through the season. As a result, permission has now been granted to reduce the river flow from the weir to 4.5 cms in an attempt to keep the river wetted throughout the summer. This has undesirable consequences for local ecology, recreation, and industry but overall it is believed to be preferable to letting the river run dry. Discussions and studies are in process to raise the weir on Cowichan Lake to help with this in future years and the Watershed Board is actively working to support this strategy.  

Water Woman Lesson Plans for Teachers


Hello and thank you for exploring ways that you might choose to engage your classroom(s) in discussions and/or activities to promote water conservation!

The Cowichan Valley has experienced severe droughts in many recent years, resulting in residents, industry, First Nations, local government, stewardship groups and others coming together to get serious about using our water more wisely. In July 2014, “Water Woman” magically appeared to help!


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