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.
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.
Chief Harvey Alphonse - Cowichan Tribes
In November 2011 Harvey Alphonse was re-elected Chief Councillor for his fourth term. Chief Alphonse's primary focus is economic development which directly influences housing opportunities and employment. Chief Harvey's interests include youth and education, sports, professional development, and cultural involvement. Once an avid hunter and fisherman, Chief Alphonse works to protect those rights.
Chief Alphonse and Mayor Hutchins are Co-Chairs of the Cowichan Watershed Board.
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.