The Cowichan Watershed Board

The Cowichan Watershed Board (CWB) was announced on January 28, 2010.

The (CWB) is a recommendation of the Cowichan Basin Water Management Plan (the Plan) that was completed in March 2007. The CWB’s mandate is to provide leadership for sustainable water management to protect and enhance environmental quality and the quality of life in the Cowichan watershed and adjoining areas.

Board Members

Ladysmith Mayor Rob HutchinsMayor Rob Hutchins - Ladysmith

Rob Hutchins is currently serving his seventh term as Mayor of the Town of Ladysmith, having first been elected in 1993. He is also chair for the second time of the Cowichan Valley Regional District Board. Mr. Hutchins retired at the end of 2011 as a school teacher and counsellor. With his family, he also operates a small business – “The Old Town Bakery" - in the heart of downtown Ladysmith.

Calvin Swustus ("Swutth'tus")Chief "Chip" Seymour - Cowichan Tribes

Chief William C. (Chip) Seymour served as a Cowichan Tribes Councillor from 2005 to 2013. In 2013 he was elected Chief. He grew up exploring the Cowichan watershed, the river and its tributaries. As Chief his primary focuses are education, employment, training, culture, housing and working to re-establish a sense of hope among young people. In his role of Co-chair of the Cowichan Watershed Board he intends to reinforce the importance of whole of watershed thinking and collaborative approaches to achieving the Watershed Board’s targets. He is particularly concerned about the impacts of forest practices on water quality, fisheries and other resources. Chip has coached sports for over thirty years initially coaching lacrosse and then soccer.

Chief Seymour and Mayor Hutchins are Co-Chairs of the Cowichan Watershed Board.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)


  • To be a trusted source of expertise and knowledge for sustainable water management in the Cowichan Watershed.
  • To provide balanced and considered technical advice to the Cowichan Watershed Board (CWB) and through it to elements of the community at large.
  • To draw upon members’ diverse knowledge and technical expertise to develop options and recommendations for the CWB and to implement actions needed to achieve the goals of the Cowichan Water Basin Management Plan.


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