Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Project Watershed Continues Restoration Works at Kus-kus-sum

Excavator digging at Kus-kus-sum ~ N Prince

Concrete Footing at Kus-kus-sum ~ C. Holbrook

Erosion and Turbidity Controls ~ C Holbrook

We are excited to announce that as of the end of September, we finished the removal, crushing and repurposing 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.

We would like to remove as much of this material as we can this year, so we will be spending the next few weeks removing this concrete and separating out the rebar. We will also be undertaking some initial discovery works to uncover the extent of a concrete wall that was found running behind the current steel piling wall, as well as the effort required to remove it. If feasible, this entire concrete wall will be removed next year while maintaining the integrity of the steel piling wall. We will not be processing any of the concrete material into crush until next spring.

As with the work this summer, there will be noise associated with construction. We will adhere to noise reduction bylaws and keep construction noise limited to the hours 7:30am-6pm. The noise will be less than at certain points during the summer as no concrete crushing will be occurring at the site this fall. In the case of heavy rains and storms, we will pause work on site. The site has been secured against flooding and rainwater discharge with silt fencing and other flood and turbidity control measures.

If you’re keen to engage in the project in a volunteer capacity, please keep an eye on our website and Facebook. We will be doing a volunteer call out there for planting activities this fall (date TBD) and we’d love to welcome you folks out to the site to help us with our initial planting efforts later this year. We are continuing to raise funds for restoration, so please visit our website if you are interested in donating. Thank you so much for your support and interest in Kus-kus-sum, if you have any questions feel free to contact us.

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