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.
The Kus-kus-sum project that Project Watershed is spearheading will not only create habitat for fish and wildlife, help mitigate climate, and increase green space, it will also help our community put reconciliation into action.
A variety of native plants, shrubs and trees will be established at Kus-kus-sum as part of the restoration process. This will not only provide food, shelter and habitat for fish and wildlife but also help mitigate climate change. Check out this video to find out more.
Project Watershed’s Kus-kus-sum project is important for supporting the broader Salish Sea Ecosystem. The project will restore habitat for fish and wildlife, attenuate flooding, and create habitat connectivity to adjacent conservation lands in the estuary. Kus-kus-sum provides habitat for mobile species, such as salmon, that utilize the broader Salish Sea ecosystem in their lives.
Project Watershed worked with local artist Robert Lundquist to create this video which outlines how nature will be restored at Kus-kus-sum.
This film highlights why people, businesses, schools etc… are supporting the Kus-kus-sum Project.
The film that helped kick off the Fundraising for Kus-kus-sum in 2017.
This film gives a glimpse of what the old Field Sawmill site (Kus-kus-sum) could look like once it is transformed into nature.
GADD equipment will initiate work to remove the dock and dolphin pilings at Kus-kus-sum (the old Field Sawmill site) on August 19, 2019 under the supervision of Warren Wartig, Registered Professional Biologist and Dock Removal Project Manager for Interfor.