The purpose of the Water Management Plan is to provide actions to manage water and its use that: have broad public support, protect the ecological function of the system, balance water supply and use today and in the future, and increase the understanding of the Cowichan Basin system and its water issues.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), Cowichan Tribes, the Cowichan Watershed Board, and Catalyst Paper have partnered together to initiate a community planning process that will explore future water use needs alongside a range of different potential water supply and storage options. The goal is to seek agreement on a long-term solution to better ensure water […]
This Recommendations Brief summarizes the outcomes from a 16-month scoping process undertaken by Cowichan Tribes and the Province of BC (FLNRORD) to: develop consensus decisions regarding planning in the Xwulqw’selu – Koksilah Watershed; and, scope a long-term agreement with respect to ongoing collaborative management and governance of the Watershed. It is being provided to Cowichan […]
TWO RIVERS, BOTH IN PERIL. The Koksilah and Chemainus Rivers, on Eastern Vancouver Island, BC, have been similarly and severely impacted by climate change and land use. Low summer water flows and degraded stream habitats are a threat to salmon and salmon communities. The Twinned Watersheds Project is an innovative and efficient way of sharing […]
Water holds a prominent place in culture, science, policy, community values and recreational pursuits. Yet, it remains undervalued in comparison to the role that it plays in society and in the cycle of life in the Cowichan Valley, British Columbia. To explore the importance of water in the Xwulqw’selu Sto’lo (Koksilah River), an Environmental Flow […]