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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.

The Vancouver Lamprey (aka the Cowichan Lamprey)

By Rodger Hunter, Cowichan Watershed Board, February 5, 2011
Photos by Les Harris

Did you know that we have a lamprey that lives in Cowichan and Mesachie lakes and nowhere else and it is considered to be critically imperilled?!! Due to some blundering in the fish naming ‘bureaucrazy’, our lamprey’s official name was shortened from the Vancouver Island lamprey to the Vancouver lamprey but Dr. Dick Beamish of DFO’s Nanaimo Biological Station is hoping that soon it will officially renamed the Cowichan lamprey. Dick is the scientist who originally identified the Cowichan lamprey as a separate species in the 1980’s.

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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.

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."

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