Agriculture

Date: 

30 Nov 2015

Author: 

Carole Hartwig, Ray Demarchi, Paul Rickard

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Date: 

1 Jun 2013

Author: 

Ted van der Gulik, Denise Nielson, Ron Fretwell, Stephanie Tam

Publisher: 

BC Ministry of Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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?

Agriculture in the Cowichan Watershed

A Cowichan Valley Farm

The Cowichan region has climate and soils that are well-suited to many different agricultural enterprises. Of 32,830 hectares of arable land, 9421 ha are considered prime agricultural land. However, about 80% of this area requires irrigation to produce high-value crops, and only 2465 ha are currently irrigated. Access to water for irrigation is a significant concern.

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