Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society




2018 Cowichan River Clean-up - Tenth Annual!

Oxford the Otter

Getting ready ...

136 volunteers joined our mascot Oxford the Otter for another great clean-up event.  Due to the forest fires up-island, it was a smokey day for the clean-up, but after an enjoyable continental breakfast we were off!

A flotilla of boats, squadrons of divers and snorklers and a troop on foot scoured the top bottom and sides of the River for trash and beverage containers.  Although the count of containers was down from previous years we managed to remove over a half a ton of trash and haul it to the dump.

Oxford was on hand to welcome the volunteers and remind everyone of his motto and credo:

Respect (Our River)


Relax &



Protect Our


Care for Others &

Take Away Trash !


At the end of a fun and productive day on the River we returned to enjoy a delicious BBQ sponsored by Jakes at the Lake.  All in all it was a great day.  Please click here to see pictures of the event.


In total, 700 volunteer hours were contributed to making this day a success. 


Thanks to all our sponsors and everyone who helped out. 

Hope to see you again next time!


Did you lose this?

There's somethin' down there!



More pic's in the gallery!


We would like to recognize and thank the following for their support of the 2018 River Cleanup Event.  Many of these are local businesses and we encourage you to show your appreciation by patronizing them!

Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce

Lake Cowichan Home Centre - Irly Bird

Cowichan Lake Recreation

Lorna's Emporium, Lake Cowichan

Cowichan Search & Rescue

Rod's Auto Glass & Upholstery, Duncan

Cowichan Valley Citizen

Sundown Diving, Nanaimo

Cowichan Valley Regional District

Tim Hortons, Lake Cowichan

Home Hardware, Lake Cowichan

The Town of Lake Cowichan

Island Pharmacy, Lake Cowichan

The Tube Shack

Jake's at the Lake

The Cowichan Valley Voice

89.7 Juice FM Radio, Duncan

Western Stevedoring

Lake Cowichan Gazette

Did we miss someone?  Please accept our apology and let us know!  We sincerely appreciate all of our sponsors and we don't mean to omit anyone.


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Last updated: 09/10/18.