Cleanup Success at Kus-kus-sum and Hollyhock Flats
Volunteers loading garbage from the Kus-kus-sum site
Garbage collected from Hollyhock Flats
Full red dumpster at the end of the day
On Saturday, September 26, forty volunteers pitched in to collect garbage at Kus-kus-sum and Hollyhock Flats as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. People from all walks of life joined Project Watershed in tackling this kilometer of shoreline. “Members of the Rotary Club of Comox Valley (#CVRC) were happy to lend a hand, many people made light work of this big task” said Pieter Vorster, Public Image Director of the Comox Valley Rotary Club. The photos and short video (thanks Sue Vince!) captured from the day illustrate just how industrious it was.
Kus-kus-sum is the concrete area that was once a sawmill located next to the 17th Street bridge along Comox Road. Hollyhock Flats is the neighboring green property that stretches south to the Rotary Viewing Area. Much of the waste came from camps set up on these two properties by people without homes. It is important to remember that these people face a variety of challenges and have very few options. Regardless of their situation they are people and deserve respect. Until our society has a better way of supporting these people, cleaning up abandoned camps is a way we can help and lessen the impact on our environment at the same time (check out 35 Ways To Help the Homeless for more ideas).
A large amount of waste was collected over the two hour event. “We estimate that we gathered some 500 lbs of garbage, filling the red dumpster that was left for us in front of the pump station, and that doesn’t include the large pile of metal that went to be recycled,” reports Caila Holbrook, Manager of Fundraising, Outreach and Mapping. Project Watershed would like to thank all the volunteers who helped with the cleanup and the Comox Valley Regional District which generously picked up and disposed of everything.
Dan Bowen, Project Watershed’s Technical Director, was thankful for all the help. Referring to Project Watershed’s initiative to acquire the Kus-kus-sum property and restore it to natural habitat, he said “Next on the agenda for Kus-kus-sum is restoration!”. The next fundraising deadline is November 30, 2020.
Happy Technician Tuesday! Our team has been busy testing methods for future monitoring protocols at Kus-kus-sum. The goal is to create a system of data collection to measure ecosystem health.
Happy Technician Tuesday! While working around Glen Urquhart stream, our Technician team has experienced numerous encounters with fauna using the site. The presence of wildlife at Glen Urquhart further justifies the need to preserve and restore the area.
Project Watershed and our guests had a wonderful evening at 40 KNOTS on September 11th, 2021. The Keeping It Living Dinner was spectacular.
We are excited to announce that as of the end of September, we finished the removal, crushing and re-purposing of the surface concrete at Kus-kus-sum. All crushed concrete was successfully repurposed offsite to projects throughout the Comox Valley to be used as fill and road base. As we removed the surface material, we uncovered a few areas with additional sub-surface concrete.
Happy Technician Tuesday! In June, our technician team planted a large number of Lyngbye’s Sedge and some Tufted Hair Grass to restore areas of Hollyhock Flats.
We at Project Watershed took the first National Truth & Reconciliation Day, to reflect on our role, as a stewardship organization within the landscape of the Comox Valley, the traditional and unceded territory of our partners, the K’ómoks First Nation.