The Estuary Working Group
To protect and restore the K’omoks Estuary.
• To collaborate with local governments to establish an integrated governance system and a plan for protecting and restoring the estuary.
• To establish monitoring projects to gather baseline information on the state of the estuary. This data will be used to determine what needs to be done to restore the health of the estuary.
• To initiate restoration projects.
• To document past human activity in the estuary.
• To Increase public knowledge about estuary issues, health, restoration, and protection through public forums and the dissemination of information.
• To increase public participation in estuary issues, health, restoration, and protection through involvement in monitoring and restoration projects and educational opportunities.
We meet every 2nd Friday to discuss, plan and implement projects aimed at restoration and protection. So far we have created a vision, made some maps and initiated a few projects. Check it out and get involved!
In October of 2008, Comox Valley Project Watershed Society sponsored a major symposium on the Courtenay River Estuary.
From January until September 2009, an estuary working group consisting of individuals from government and environmental groups as well as independent professionals worked on preparing a vision document to help direct the future of the estuary. To guide our vision, we chose a traditional aboriginal principle — Keeping it Living.
Click Here for the complete Keeping it Living Document
The document suggests that one management body with representation from all four governments, experts in the field, and selected local environmental organizations should have responsibility for determining and guiding development and restoration efforts along the shoreline and within the waters of the estuary.
Keeping it Living envisions residents living within the estuary and surrounding area in harmony with the natural life cycles occurring within the estuary and its watersheds. Protecting and restoring the estuary requires the co-operation of local governments.
It requires the voice and passion of all citizens, in our schools, in the workforce, and those who are retired who live in this beautiful Valley. It needs the support of our environmental organizations. It needs the voice and wisdom of K’ómoks First Nation’s teachers and elders. It needs all of us to speak for and on behalf of life as it occurs within our estuary.
The Estuary Working Group and Project Watershed invite all to read the vision document and to become more aware of and involved in the preservation and restoration of this beautiful natural feature of our Valley.
Earthworks Continue at Kus-kus-sum
While the Kus-kus-sum site is already beginning to come into its own, there is still much work to be done. Just over one third of the area was recontoured and planted last year in 2022. Project Watershed aims to recontour and replant the remainder of the site this summer and fall, if funding allows. The key works you will see on site this year include recontouring and regrading, habitat complexing, and native species planting.
Kus-kus-sum Restoration Overview
The restoration will occur in 3 phases. Click below to read more about each phase and scroll down to see a visual representation of the site features found on the restored Kus-kus-sum site. During Phase...
Forage Fish Map
Project Watershed has been surveying beaches for the presence of forage fish and forage fish eggs. The location of the beaches we surveyed last season are shown below. You can hover over each location to see if eggs were found.
Forage Fish Spring Forum April 26
Announcing the 2023 Virtual BC Forage Fish Monitoring Network Spring Forum! This event is an opportunity for all those interested in the conservation of forage fish in British Columbia to come together and learn about the latest research and updates.
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
A short history of the Kus-kus-sum site from pre-European contact to the present day.