Comox Valley Project Watershed Society KEEPING IT LIVING AWARD
The Award, an original painting of the estuary by noted local artist Bev Byerley, is given annually to an organization in the Comox Valley in recognition of environmental leadership provided in protecting and restoring the estuary. The recipient displays the painting in a prominent place for a period of one year.
The City of Courtenay has been chosen in recognition of the action taken this past year in hiring their first Environmental Planner and their first Climate Change Specialist. The efforts of these two planners in organizing an evening presentation on Climate Change at the Sid Williams Theatre last spring acknowledged the city’s awareness and appreciation of this important environmental issue. Three hundred local residents were superbly informed regarding one of the most pressing global concerns of this century and one of particular importance to a coastal community such as ours.
The City also held a workshop on sea level rise in the Strait of Georgia and subsequently established a new high water mark for the Courtenay River and Estuary based on a projected increase in sea levels of .8 metres expected over the next twenty to thirty years. Further, the City recently introduced new draft amendments to the City’s Official Community Plan that call for improved riparian zones for the rivers, creeks and wetlands within its boundaries. These actions are critical to expanding protection for the Courtenay River Estuary.
Finally, the City has given its support to a community campaign to obtain National Heritage status for the Courtenay River Estuary. This designation is being sought based on the significance of the estuary as an important bird area, for its aquatic habitat and especially for the remains of extensive ancient First Nation fish traps in the estuary.
The Importance of Estuarine Environments for Pacific Salmon
Fish monitoring at Hollyhock flats will be starting this summer! We’ve summarized a scientific article explaining what kinds of habitat are important to salmonids.
Kus-kus-sum Site History
Pre-European Contact there was a First Nation village located roughly where the present-day Courtenay Airpark is now. The village was called Kus-kus-sum and is the namesake for the present day Kus-kus-sum site. The term Kus-sum means slippery and Kus-kus-sum, means...
Forage Fish Surveying Summary
Wow 40 plus amazing, citizen scientists supported the forage fish project this season. They covered almost 30 beaches between Hornby Island, the Comox Valley, Campbell River, and Cortes Island.
Kus-kus-sum Project History
Below is an interactive timeline of the events regarding the gensis of Project Watershed's Kus-kus-sum Project. Hover over each salmon icon to learn more about what happened that year.Related Posts
Citizen Science Seal Monitoring for Kus-kus-sum
Your contribution is greatly appreciated, thank you for participating!Make a donation to celebrate a special someone and they receive a gift card.Welcome to our pinniped observation guide and data submission page! "Pinniped" is a Latin word meaning "fin-footed," and...
We got a first look at how a restored Kus-kus-sum will operate during storms and king tides this winter. It was exciting to see the high tides move over the steel wall and inundate the site.