Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society


 

 

Stream Signage

The goal of the Steam Signage Project was to identify and place signage at all road crossings of significant fish-bearing rivers and creeks in the Upper Cowichan Valley with the goal of increasing public awareness of riparian zones and the need to protect them.

Attractive, all weather, permanent signs have been erected at 49 waterway road crossings around Lake Cowichan, including the major crossing of the Cowichan River, Each sign, with its iconic yellow fish symbol, identifies the name of the waterway.

Watercourses selected for signage were significant fish-bearing rivers and creeks in the Upper Cowichan Valley as identified by Ted Burns in his landmark 2002 study.

   

Major funding for the project was gratefully received from the Pacific Salmon Foundation, with support also from Timber West. CLRSS volunteers contributed their time, tools and vehicles to gather materials and install the signs
 

 

Our volunteers worked closely with other stake holders to obtain necessary permissions for placement of signs. Once permission was granted we gathered materials, hauled them to the sign site, worked to clear brush, dug the hole, poured concrete and finally erected the sign.

Over the five year span of the project our dedicated volunteers . . .

  • donated 1,400+ hours of their time

  • drove 4,000+ KMs (in their own vehicles)

  • dug 51 holes

  • mixed 700 bags of concrete

  • identified GPS locations of 49 watercourse road crossings

Here is a list of the crossings where signs have been erected.  For more details on the project including a map showing where signs have been erected and a brief history of the project please see our 2016 progress report to the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

 

Name of Watercourse

Location

Ashburnham (McPherson) Creek Southshore Road - Honeymoon Bay
Beadnell Creek 1) Southshore Road - Lake Cowichan
2) Youbou Highway
Beaver Creek 1) Southshore Road - West of Lake Cowichan
2) By Lake Cowichan Laundromat
3) Point Ideal Road in Lake Cowichan
Castaway Creek Northshore Road
Caycuse Creek #2 Southshore logging road - adjacent to Caycuse
Coonskin (Coon) Creek Youbou Highway - Community of Youbou
Cottonwood Creek x 2 TimberWest road - West of Youbou
Cowichan River 1) North side main crossing - middle of Lake Cowichan
2) South side main crossing - middle of Lake Cowichan
Cutthroat Creek Southshore logging road - 7. 7 km west from Gordon River/end of paved road junction
Don Fern's Creek Northshore Road
Gide's (Inner Joginder) Creek Hudgrove Road
Gordon Bay Creek x 2 Gordon Bay Provincial Park
Halfway Creek Southshore Road - turnoff to Beaver Lake
Little Shaw Creek TimberWest Road - West of Youbou
McKay Creek TimberWest Road - West of Youbou
Meade Creek 1) Youbou Highway - West of Lake Cowichan
2) Youbou Highway - West of Lake Cowichan
3) Meades Creek Road
Meade Sidechannel (Seasonal) Meades Creek Road
Mesachie Creek (2 signs) Forestry Road
Miracle Creek Miracle Way Road at entrance to Youbou
Miracle Creek (Source #1) Youbou Highway - entrance to Youbou
Miracle Creek (Source #2) Youbou Highway - entrance to Youbou
Misery Creek Southshore logging road - 7. 5 km west from Gordon River/end of paved road junction
Nixon Creek Southshore logging road - West of Honeymoon Bay
Oliver (Hatchery) Creek 1) Southshore Road - Lake Cowichan
2) Youbou Highway
Robertson River 1) Southshore Road - West of Lake Cowichan
2) Pacific Coastal Highway (North)
3) Pacific Coastal Highway (South)
Robertson Sidechannel Southshore Road - West of Lake Cowichan
Shaw Creek TimberWest Road - West of Youbou
Stanley Creek 1) Youbou Highway
2) Old Lake Cowichan Highway just leaving Lake Cowichan
3) Trans Canada Trail
4) Greendale Road
Sutton Creek Southshore Road - Honeymoon Bay
Swordfern Creek Price Park
Swordfern Creek (Source #1) Youbou Highway - entrance to Youbou
Swordfern Creek (Source #2) Youbou Highway - entrance to Youbou
Tiny Creek Greendale Road
Utility Creek Bremner Road - recessed from road but visible from road
Utility Creek (Source) Youbou Highway - just before Bremner road turnoff in Youbou
Youbou Creek East Youbou Highway - adjacent to Arbutus Park
Youbou Creek West Youbou Highway - adjacent to Arbutus Park

 

We would like to thank and recognize our dedicated team of volunteers who made the project such a success:

 

Gord Davidson

George deLure

Bill Gibson

Rob Somers

Gerald Thom

 

And we would like to recognize the support and assistance of the following individuals:

 

Ross Forrest, Mayor, Village of Lake Cowichan
Aaron Hamilton, Lake Cowichan First Nation Administrator
Klause Kuhn, CVRD Area I Director
Tim Kulchyski, Cowichan Tribes Biologist
Ian Morrison, CVRD Area F Director
Tom Rutherford, DFO
Shona Smith, DFO
 




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