Flooding

Date: 

12 Dec 2014

Author: 

James Craig

Publisher: 

BC Conservation Foundation

Cowichan’s peaceful waters hide a growing threat

Sandra McCullough, Times Colonist, 31 Aug 2014

Low water levels in Cowichan LakeIf there’s no significant rainfall in six weeks, the Cowichan River and those who depend on it will be in deep trouble.

Salmon waiting at the Cowichan Bay estuary will have to be captured and trucked upstream — if there’s any water up there to spawn in — leaving other viable stock stuck at the river mouth as prey for hungry seals. The Catalyst pulp mill at Crofton, which is North Cowichan’s biggest source of taxes and employs 578 people, could shut down indefinitely.

The river, flowing at less than two cubic metres a second, is a source of water and fish, and a symbol of life for Cowichan Tribes.

The City of Duncan gets its water untreated from pristine aquifers that are linked to the river. If the drought continues, the aquifers might also be adversely affected. Nobody knows, but there are fears that things might get worse before they get better.

Date: 

8 Apr 2012

Flooding in the Lower Cowichan

FishNavigatesLakesRoad_DebraBrash_TimesColonist_21Nov2010The lower slopes and floodplain of the Cowichan - Koksilah river system contain significant areas of agricultural land as well as rural, urban and industrial development. Dikes have been built along both banks of the Cowichan River to protect the developed urban core of the City of Duncan and the extensive agricultural and industrialized zones downstream. Dikes have also been constructed on lands of the Cowichan Tribes at various tiines including along the Koksilah River.

Date: 

1 Sep 2009

Author: 

Tamsin Lyle, Virginia O'Connor

Publisher: 

Northwest Hydraulic Consultants, for CVRD

Date: 

1 Aug 2010

Author: 

Northwest Hydraulic Consultants

Date: 

9 Sep 2010

Author: 

Rodger Hunter
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