Concrete Wall Found at Kus-kus-sum
We are happy to announce that we have re-mobilized to the site for the spring and have started removing the remaining concrete. Currently, most of the remaining concrete is in the form of a 170m-long wall that was found buried just behind the steel-piling wall that separates the site from the Courtenay River. Removing this concrete wall is the next step of the restoration and will be undertaken over the next two weeks. The steel-piling wall will remain in place throughout the work on site and its removal will be the very last step of the restoration work.
To remove the concrete wall, we will have to excavate near the river. Since our river is a tidal river, the water and water table are much higher during high tides. This means we will have to time our work with the low tide windows. For the next few weeks, those tidal windows fall later in the evening and work will have to be timed accordingly. As we remove this wall over the next two weeks, work at Kus-kus-sum will be starting later in the morning (10 or 11am) and will be continuing later into the evening (7-8pm). We will keep our work within the City of Courtenay noise bylaws and do what we can to minimize disruptions to our lovely neighbors and community.
We’re working closely with a marine engineer to ensure the steel-piling wall remains structurally sound throughout this process. We will continue environmental and archeological monitoring, and will be monitoring daily upstream, downstream, and at-site water quality in the Courtenay River.
The Kus-kus-sum site is an active work zone, please DO NOT enter the site without personal safety equipment (hard hat, steel toed boots and safety vest) and specific permission from Project Watershed staff to do so.
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.
The AGM will run from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Participants are asked to preregister.