BC Hydro donates $2000 to the Cowichan Water Conservation Challenge

Cowichan Watershed Board, August 24 2015

BC Hydro donates $2000 to the Cowichan Watershed BoardThank you to BC Hydro for helping to cover the material expenses for this summer's Cowichan Water Conservation Challenge, such as toilet leak test kits and outreach postcards.

Pictured here - Ted Olynyk, BC Hydro's Manager, Community Relations for Vancouver Island, presents a $2000 cheque to "Flo" and Cowichan Watershed Board member, Debra Toporowski.

Talking water conservation with Raincoast Aquaponics

Lauren Frost, Guest Columnist, Cowichan Valley Citizen, August 20 2015

Editor’s note: If you haven’t met “Flo” yet, this superhero is visiting Cowichan communities this summer, helping us face down a severe drought and water restrictions. Cowichan Watershed Board summer student Lauren Frost reports in weekly as Flo visits local watershed heroes to learn more about their work (and snap a selfie)!

Raincoast Aquaponics founder Adrian Southern and water hero Flo.— image credit: SubmittedName: Adrian Southern

Occupation: Owner/Founder, Raincoast Aquaponics

Why Flo likes him/her: Water Conservation Hero

Flo: Hi Adrian. Let’s start with how long you have lived in Cowichan Region.

Adrian: I grew up in Cowichan Bay, and recently moved back here from Nanaimo.

Flo: You stand out as a friend of the watershed because of the efforts you make to save water. Thank you for that! What inspired you to start an aquaponic farm?

Managing B.C.’s water resources

Deborah Curran & Oliver Brandes, Vancouver Sun, July 20, 2015

We have a long way to go before water rents attract international trade claims

With streams running dry, wildfires raging, reservoirs running low, watering restrictions in place, and severe drought declared across the populous south coast of B.C., fresh water is the hot topic.

Cowichan anxious to solve a drying river

Amy Smart, Times Colonist, July 19 2015

Cowichan Tribes Chief Chip Seymour has watched the once robust Cowichan River reduced to a mere stream.

Drought conditions are stranding salmon fry in warm pools, he said, and hampering mature chinook from completing their spring run up to Cowichan Lake.

“It’s hard to look at the river,” Seymour said.

“Our concerns are always for our fish, our water supply, the wildlife that gets sustained by our river flows. It affects so many things.”

Amid drought, Cowichan River stewards try to balance conflicting needs

Amy  Smart, Times Colonist, July 12 2015

Location of Cowichan WatershedPressure is rising on the Cowichan River, as drought conditions force its stewards to balance conflicting needs — from the livelihood of mill workers to the lives of salmon.

Much of the region is already under water restrictions after a warm and dry winter and spring, with homeowners unable to water lawns, fill pools or wash cars.

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