Lake Cowichan Gazette, October 18, 2010
Catalyst Paper is warning people to be extra careful around the Cowichan River, as the Cowichan Lake weir is allowing more and more water in.
This increase in flow comes in response to increasingly high lake levels, due to seasonal rain fall.
With the weir gates progressively opened, weir operator Brian Houle wrote in an e-mail that it could very well come off of weir control this week, an action that is common for this time of year.
The weir is left off control during the winter due to seasonally high lake levels.
The ramping down of the weir was scheduled to raise river flow from 25 to 30 cubic meters per second on Friday, October 15, to 50 cubic meters per second on Tuesday, October 19.
“If anyone observes issues which are of concern regarding these river flow increases, please call,” Houle wrote in the e-mail.
The number to be called is 250-715-8718.