The building at Kus-kus-sum is down!
“This moment has been years in the making.” says Dan Bowen, Project Watershed Technical Director. Project Watershed, in partnership with the City of Courtenay and the K’ómoks First Nation, began fundraising for the purchase and restoration of the property in 2017. With assistance from the community, funding organizations and the Province of British Columbia the site was secured at the end of November 2020.
Dig-Dug Mini Bobcat & Excavating Service, working with B&D Containers Ltd., began the demolition Monday, March 23rd and had the building fully removed by the end of day Tuesday the 24th. During the demolition the site was an active construction zone. Motorists were asked to refrain from pulling over to watch the process, especially on the Kus-kus-sum side of the road.
Removing the building is the precursor to the major demolition work that will occur over the summer to remove the 8.3 acres of concrete that covers the site. Soils and other materials will be transported off the site in preparation for regrading it to natural streamside elevations. Waterways will be created on the site and native vegetation will be planted. “Eventually, we see the site blending into the adjacent natural area, Hollyhock flats.” reports Jennifer Sutherst, Project Watershed Senior Staff Biologist.
The restoration work will occur over the next two to four years, depending on the availability of funds to support it. To contribute to the restoration or to find out more visit www.kuskussum.ca.
Spring has been a very busy season; Project Watershed is excited to showcase all the events we orgainsed and participated in! 66 amazing volunteers came out to lend a hand. Thank you to everyone for your time and energy, we could not have done so much without you!
Here is a summary of our AGM on June 12th including the 50/50 Raffle winner, Volunteer Appreciation Draw, and Zoom recording.
Thank you to all our members, board, staff, and community supporters for making 2021-2022 Project Watershed’s biggest year yet! We managed and coordinated 5 different restoration projects, our Keeping It Living Dinner, brought in $1.8 million dollars in grants, and started restoration on our largest project to date, Kus-kus-sum.
We are starting Year II restoration works at the Kus-kus-sum site the last week of June! To learn more about this process, please join us for our virtual public community forum on June 16th at 6:30pm.
Help Project Watershed fund our restoration, research, and education projects in the Comox Valley! Tickets go on sale June 1st. 1000 tickets available at $5 each.
The 2022 Paintings, By The Numbers event, sponsored by Odlum Brown Limited, was a fun afternoon with lovely people and great art.