News Release, Cowichan Watershed Board, July 14, 2014
The Cowichan Watershed Board kicked off its Water Conservation Challenge at Duncan's City Square today. With water levels already as low as the valley more typically sees in late August, Cowichan Valley residents are challenged to reduce usage by 20%.
It is time for the 2014 Cowichan River Clean-Up. The event will take place over two days, Saturday August 17th and Sunday August 18th.
It aims to get volunteers out on the river, picking up debris from Cowichan Lake all the way down to the estuary in Cowichan Bay. Last year over 1.7 tons of garbage was taken out of the river along with over 4,000 empty beverage containers.
Volunteers can join in on Saturday for the upper end of the river, Lake Cowichan to Sandy Pools or on Sunday for the lower end, Sandy Pools to the estuary.
There is a continental registration breakfast at 9:30 both days and a post clean-up thank you BBQ with prizes for all participants. Help keep our Heritage River healthy and clean, and come out to the annual river clean up this weekend.
Cowichan Watershed Board, February 25, 2013, Duncan, BC
Water Quality Survey and Targets: Questions and Answers
In the summer of 2012 the Cowichan Watershed Board and its partners (see section on participants below) initiated a comprehensive water quality survey of the Cowichan and Lower Koksilah Rivers as well as some of the tributaries flowing into Cowichan Bay and the Bay itself. The information below outlines the reasons for the survey, the related watershed targets, the approach to the survey, preliminary survey results, next steps and how the survey was funded.
News Release, CVRD and Cowichan Tribes, August 15 2012
A collaborative initiative involving the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), Cowichan Tribes, BC Ministry of Environment, federal agencies, and a variety of local conservation groups and stakeholders was announced today by CVRD Chair Rob Hutchins and Cowichan Tribes Chief Harvey Alphonse. The $200,000 Cowichan Watershed Partnership Project is intended to initiate the restoration and protection of water quality in the Cowichan Watershed. People who are familiar with the watershed recognize that while there are positive practices happening in the watershed, there are a number of serious negative water quality indicators to address, including: