Water Sustainability Act

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.

B.C. lakeshores at risk due to lack of enforcement

MARK HUME, Globe and Mail, Jun. 12, 2011

When the British Columbia government did a study to find out how many people were getting permits to build docks, dump sand for artificial beaches and put up lakeside retaining walls, it got some shocking results.

On two dozen lakes selected from around the province, researchers found 420 private property Water Act permits had been issued – but more than 4,000 waterfront “modifications” had been done. That means more than 3,500 lakeshore projects were apparently built without authorization.


1 Jul 2010


Rodger Hunter


Cowichan Watershed Board


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