Thinking About Water

By Rodger Hunter, Cowichan Watershed Board, December 19, 2010

With the rainy season squarely upon us maybe it an appropriate time to review some facts the essence of life.

Let’s start with the big picture and move from global to local.

So how much water is there on the planet?

Earth isn’t called the Blue planet for nothing. The United Nations Environment Program reports the there are 1.4 billion cubic kilometres of water on Earth.

Is the amount of water increasing or decreasing?

Cobs, Pens, Cygnets and Celebration

Rodger Hunter, Cowichan Watershed Board, October 20, 2010

Sounds like corn, ballpoints and rings but they are the names for male, female and young trumpeter swans. The celebration is for the return of these majestic, graceful waterbirds to their Cowichan wintering grounds.

Trumpeter Swans are all about family and tradition. Adults normally mate for life and family units generally remain intact for the first year. The cygnets learn traditions associated with nesting, migration routes, wintering places, and food resources from their parents.

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."

Counting Fish with a Fence

By Rodger Hunter, Co-ordinator, Cowichan Watershed Board, October 19, 2010

The weather has turned in the watershed. On Thanksgiving weekend there is some serious rain. Things got very busy at the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s counting fence that spans the Cowichan River below Allenby Road and above the Island Corridor railway bridge.

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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