Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society


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This page contains contact information for the various CLRSS projects, including information about their mandate, who chairs them and when their next meeting is.

The ongoing projects are:

We have completed a number of projects:

 

Boater Education

 

Mandate:

To promote respect and consideration for the Lake and for those with whom we share it.  To minimize the level of invasive activities on the Lake.

For the past year, the committee has been working to produce the Welcome Boater brochure.  This brochure has been distributed at the marina and boat ramp and is also available at several local locations.  Click here for a printable version of the brochure.

Project Leader: Diana Gunderson

Contact:  dianamarie@shaw.ca

250-749-3335

Next meeting

When: to be announced

Where:

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Cowichan Shoreline Stewardship Phase II

Mandate:

A continuation of our pilot project to engage community and change attitudes regarding the value of riparian areas.  We are seeking to promote a cultural shift from cutting and clearing to protection and restoration of shoreline riparian areas.  The program will not discourage development nor recreation usage but will demonstrate how natural function and human activities can co-exist.

For more details, see the Shoreline Stewardship Page

 

 

Project Leader: Diana Gunderson


Contact: dianamarie@shaw.ca

250 749 3335

Next meeting

When: to be announced

Where:

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Riparian Education

 

Mandate:

To promote a "stewardship first" culture, and to act in cooperation with landowners to protect and enhance riparian areas.

For the past year the committee has been working to produce the Riparian Insights brochure.  We plan to distribute this brochure on visits to waterfront property owners starting on the August long weekend.  Click here for a printable version of the brochure.

 

 

Project Leader: Jean Atkinson
 

Contact: jean.atkinson@ufv.ca

250-745-3342

Next meeting

When:

Where:

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Cowichan River Cleanup

 

 

Mandate:

Once per year for the past 10 years, our volunteers along with friends, neighbours and in conjunction with the local levels of government have participated in a clean up of the river bottom and shoreline of the upper Cowichan River.

This is a fun and rewarding event.  For more details, click here.

Project Leader: TBD

Contact: 

Next cleanup: Aug. 18,2019 (tentative)

When:   TBD. Please check back.

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Water Quality Monitoring

 

 

Mandate:

Regular monitoring provides baseline data which will be used to detect change over time. The information is shared with the Province and the BC Lake Stewardship Society to compare our lake with others in the province. Of 110 monitored lakes in BC we are currently ranked second for clarity. For more information on BC lakes visit; www.bclss.org/

 

Project Leader: Diana Gunderson

Contact:

dianamarie@shaw.ca2

50 749 3335

Next meeting

When: Every Sunday morning.

Where: By boat in the North and South Arms.

 

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Stream Signage

 

 

Mandate:

This project placed signs at fish bearing stream public access points with the hope of increasing local and public awareness of this vital resource. To date, volunteers have posted 48 high quality, steel signs at various points around Lake Cowichan.

For additional details, including sign locations, click here!

Project Leaders:

Gord Davidson

George deLure

Bill Gibson

Completed: 2017

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Cowichan Shoreline Stewardship Pilot

 

Mandate:

This highly successful 3 year pilot project sought to engage the community and change their attitudes regarding the value of riparian areas. 

The project is moving forward from the pilot phase, to a second three-year phase see above for details.

For additional details about the completed project, click here!

 

Project Leaders:

Jean Atkinson

Diana Gunderson

Completed:  2016

 

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Water Access

 

 

Mandate:

To identify points on Lake Cowichan where the public can safely and legally access the water.  These points were identified with driving directions to each.

For see the complete list of access points, click here!

 

Project Leader: Jean Atkinson

Completed:  2012

 

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