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Dire Forecast for Canadian Heritage River

June 5, 2019
For Immediate Release


(Duncan BC) Concerns are rising in the Cowichan Valley as the iconic Cowichan River faces a strong likelihood of running out of water by August unless there is heavy and sustained rainfall. The Cowichan is major salmon producing river, including Chinook which are a critical food source for the endangered Southern Resident orca population. Located on Eastern Vancouver Island, adjacent to the Salish Sea, this river is the heart of the Cowichan Tribes First Nation’s territory, and a favourite recreational destination. It also supports major employment for the region, through fishing, tourism, and the Catalyst Paper mill.

It's Hip to Fix a Drip


World Water Day 2019

Its Hip to Fix a Drip!

Final Report of Five-Year Cowichan Water Conservation Challenge

WHO: Cowichan Watershed Board

WHAT: Final report of the five-year Cowichan Water Conservation Challenge, 2014-2018.

WHEN: Friday March 22nd 2019, UN World Water Day

WHERE: The final report is published on the CWB website at Click here for the full report. Click here to download this media release.

In July 2014, in response to extreme summer droughts, a growing population, and concerns about water shortages and sustainability, the Cowichan Watershed Board issued a challenge to all local water suppliers to “meet or beat” Ladysmith’s domestic water use level at that time -- 246 litres per person per day.


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