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Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin - April 1st, 2016

Special Note for Cowichan Watershed Board readers:

This report from the River Forecast Centre is intended for folks from all regions of British Columbia. But it contains encouraging news for those of us who live on Vancouver Island and particularly, in the Cowichan Watershed: snowpack across Vancouver Island is at about 99% of normal. Compare to last year, when it was about 15% of normal at this time.

This is the first year for the new Heather Mountain Automated Snow Pillow, so there is no historical data which is useful for comparisons. However, the snow pack chart at the left, and the nearby Jump Creek chart shown below give a good sense of the state of Heather Mountain and the Cowichan Watershed Snowpack.

The two charts below, for data up to April 6, 2016, illustrate the situation. Visit our Snowpack page for more information.

Jump Creek and Heather Mtn snowpack comparison

With perfect timing, the Cowichan Watershed Board's Speakers Series for April 28 is with David Campbell, Head of the BC River Forecast Centre. He will be speaking about all of this, and much more, beginning at 7:00 pm, at Lecture Room 140 at the VIU Cowichan Campus. Find out more, at our Speakers Series page.

Cowichan Progress Marks World Water Day

Media Release, Cowichan Watershed Board, March 21, 2016

(Duncan) Cowichan Watershed Board is marking the UN’s World Water Day on March 22 by congratulating local residents and water suppliers for significant water-saving progress in the Cowichan Water Challenge in 2015. The Challenge engages most of the region’s major water suppliers in a collective race to reduce home water use by 20% over four years (2014-2018).

Every child should get out in nature

Cowichan Valley Citizen, Oct 1, 2015

Editor’s note: If you haven’t met “Flo” yet, this superhero spent the summer visiting Cowichan communities, helping us face the severe drought and water restrictions, and interviewing local watershed heroes about their solutions. Cowichan Watershed Board summer student Lauren Frost wraps up her reports on Flo’s conversations this week.

Plenty of demand puts stress on critical Island waterway

Cowichan River is the lifeblood of this part of Vancouver Island, but it has been diminished by six dry summers in 12 years

Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, September 21, 2015
 
Rodger Hunter leans on the rail of Greendale Trestle and points to the glossy green river spilling across a broad outflow from Cowichan Lake before funnelling into narrows just upstream from the old railway crossing repurposed as a pedestrian bridge.

BC Hydro donates $2000 to the Cowichan Water Conservation Challenge

Cowichan Watershed Board, August 24 2015

BC Hydro donates $2000 to the Cowichan Watershed BoardThank you to BC Hydro for helping to cover the material expenses for this summer's Cowichan Water Conservation Challenge, such as toilet leak test kits and outreach postcards.

Pictured here - Ted Olynyk, BC Hydro's Manager, Community Relations for Vancouver Island, presents a $2000 cheque to "Flo" and Cowichan Watershed Board member, Debra Toporowski.

Talking water conservation with Raincoast Aquaponics

Lauren Frost, Guest Columnist, Cowichan Valley Citizen, August 20 2015

Editor’s note: If you haven’t met “Flo” yet, this superhero is visiting Cowichan communities this summer, helping us face down a severe drought and water restrictions. Cowichan Watershed Board summer student Lauren Frost reports in weekly as Flo visits local watershed heroes to learn more about their work (and snap a selfie)!

Raincoast Aquaponics founder Adrian Southern and water hero Flo.— image credit: SubmittedName: Adrian Southern

Occupation: Owner/Founder, Raincoast Aquaponics

Why Flo likes him/her: Water Conservation Hero

Flo: Hi Adrian. Let’s start with how long you have lived in Cowichan Region.

Adrian: I grew up in Cowichan Bay, and recently moved back here from Nanaimo.

Flo: You stand out as a friend of the watershed because of the efforts you make to save water. Thank you for that! What inspired you to start an aquaponic farm?

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