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!
Project Watershed held a community forum via Zoom to explain the restoration process that we are embarking on at Kus-kus-sum beginning June 21st, 2021. This is recording of that Zoom meeting.
Summer is almost here and Project Watershed is gearing up for another round of surf smelt sampling on beaches around the Comox Valley.
Project Watershed’s very own Bill Heidrick received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary Club of Courtenay on June 1, 2021.
We are excited to announce that we are starting restoration works at Kus-kus-sum site June 21th, 2021.
Project Watershed’s Estuary Working Group has chosen the Cumberland Community Forest Society as the 2020 Keeping It Living Award recipients.
This restoration built up a new marsh platform to replace lost, historic tidal marsh. The newly build platform is then planted, all to help support wildlife and coastal resiliency in our thriving estuary.