Lower Cowichan River Cleanup - August 18

It is time for the 2014 Cowichan River Clean-Up. The event will take place over two days, Saturday August 17th and Sunday August 18th.

It aims to get volunteers out on the river, picking up debris from Cowichan Lake all the way down to the estuary in Cowichan Bay. Last year over 1.7 tons of garbage was taken out of the river along with over 4,000 empty beverage containers.

What to Wear to the Cowichan River Cleanup

Volunteers can join in on Saturday for the upper end of the river, Lake Cowichan to Sandy Pools or on Sunday for the lower end, Sandy Pools to the estuary.

There is a continental registration breakfast at 9:30 both days and a post clean-up thank you BBQ with prizes for all participants. Help keep our Heritage River healthy and clean, and come out to the annual river clean up this weekend.

Saturday 17th – UPPER RIVER - Registration 9 to 10 am at Lake Cowichan Town Hall, 39 South Shore Rd

Sunday 18th – LOWER RIVER - Registration 10 to 10:30 am at the Little Big House, near Cowichan Tribes Gym)

Province grants water-release extension to help Cowichan River flows

Peter Rusland, Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, June 5 2013

Water for fish and the Crofton mill received a provincial reprieve this year with Friday’s nod to delay releasing stored Cowichan River flows until later in July.

But local officials remain worried about long-term water-storage answers to droughts amid rising climate change.

“With continued low fall flows,something further has to be looked at,” said Gerald Thom of the Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society.

Weir decision great, but please don't stop there

Editorial, Cowichan Valley Citizen, June 5 2013

A contentious issue for years, movement has finally been made in an attempt to better manage water flow into the Cowichan River.

The province's deputy comptroller of water rights has decided to allow for water to be stored in the lake until July 31 - almost a month longer than the previous July 9 date.

Those extra three weeks could really mean life or death for fish stocks and the difference between a wet or dry river come late summer and into the wall.


31 May 2013


B.J. Symonds, Deputy Comptroller of Water Rights


Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

North Cowichan wants info on local watershed control

Sarah Simpson, The Citizen, April 20, 2013

North Cowichan council wants more information before it supports One Cowichan's plea to the province for local control of the Cowichan Watershed.

On Wednesday, One Cowichan spokesman Parker Jefferson told council now is the time to act, as the provincial government is in the middle of re-writing the Water Act.

"Local elected officials and the public are certainly welcome to make comments to the regulative authorities, but in the end they have no power and the decisions are made by... government employees who don't live in our communities and don't necessarily have all the incentive to make all the right decisions," Jefferson said.

Stakeholders say local control key to saving Cowichan chinook run

By Peter Rusland, Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, April 19, 2013

Rescue plans for Cowichan River’s threatened chinook salmon, and their habitat, lie in gaining local control from Victoria of the waterway’s ecosystem, local stewards explain.

Reasons for requesting that control, and tactics to save the heritage Cowichan’s habitat, are expected to surface at today’s salmon session — stocked with government experts, plus valley stewards and leaders — at Duncan’s Travelodge Silver Bridge Inn.

“It’s ‘If you can’t get there from here, how do we make a map to get there?’” local Paul Rickard of the B.C. Wildlife Federation said of today’s invitation-only habitat huddle.

Water storage changes considered for Cowichan weir

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, March 8, 2013

Cowichan residents are meeting with government officials today in an effort to come up with a plan to improve flows in the Cowichan River.

The aim is to avert a crisis like the one that occurred last year, when low water levels left chinook salmon stuck in the estuary — where they were easy dinner for hungry sea lions — and unable to swim to spawning grounds.

In fall, the river almost ran dry and salmon had to be trucked upstream.


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