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Stephen Hume: Ban anglers from drought-stressed streams, groups urge

Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, June 24, 2015

The Cowichan is one of Canada’s premier fly-fishing rivers for trout and steelhead. The river also support spring salmon, coho and chum. (Photograph by: TBA , Courtesy Ellen Himelfarb)Government criticized for failing to protect fish amid critically low water levels on Vancouver Island
 
The provincial government is failing to protect B.C.’s prized game fish in the face of a drought crisis that threatens the survival of the very trout, steelhead and salmon upon which a billion-dollar freshwater fishing sector depends.

Water and fire restrictions rise

Kevin Rothbauer, Cowichan Valley Citizen, June 12, 2015

Extremely hot and dry weather has led to increased restrictions on water use and a ban on open fires in the Cowichan Valley and elsewhere.

Beginning Monday, June 15, the Cowichan Valley Regional District, including Duncan, North Cowichan, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan and Cowichan Tribes, will to go Stage 2 watering restrictions.

The province has declared that the region is in a Stage 3 drought, but the situation is manageable, according to North Cowichan Mayor and CVRD Board Chair Jon Lefebure.

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 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.

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