Preparations Have Begun to Unpave Kus-kus-sum
Concrete to be removed from the Kus-kus-sum site this summer!
Kus-kus-sum by Kaylee Duckmanton Photography
Project Watershed, in consultation with Northwest Hydraulic Consultants, has created a robust plan of action for the restoration of Kus-kus-sum which will include the removal of concrete, regrading and re-contouring the site, amending the soils, and replanting with native species, and eventually removing the steel piling wall. We are working to have a contractor ready to remove the concrete this summer. Thanks to biologist Caroline Heim, we also have a planting prescription for the native species to be planted once the site is ready. We are currently in communication with archaeologists and the K’ómoks First Nation to assess and monitor archaeological considerations on the site and have soil engineers in place to help assess and plan any substrate removal and disposal. We are also working with professionals to make a plan for baseline data collection and monitoring of the site and have enlisted a videographer to capture this exciting work.
We will have another update you in a few weeks!
Come out and participate in this special Clean-up effort as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on September 25 and 26th, 2021.
Thanks to the dedicated work of our contractors, Copcan Civil Ltd., the majority of the concrete on the Kus-kus-sum site has been removed, and piled and crushed.
In July, our technician team ventured into Hollyhock Flats to conduct a plant survey. The goal was to understand the current plant community structures throughout the saltmarsh. This data can be used for restoration efforts at Kus-kus-sum. We also learned about invasive plant presence and range within Hollyhock for future removal efforts.
Welcome to our first Technician Tuesday!
The family of Micah Messent would like to announce their support of the Kus-kus-sum restoration project, and Project Watershed, through the creation of the Micah Messent Legacy Fund. The fund will support the restoration of Kus-kus-sum and Project Watershed’s work to further Micah’s legacy within and beyond the Comox Valley.
Join Project Watershed for our 2021 Keeping It Living Dinner at 40 KNOTS to celebrate environmental restoration and research in the Comox Valley.