Kus-kus-sum Forum ~ Year II Restoration
Restoration model for Kus-kus-sum from Northwest Hydraulic Consultants
Earth moving at Kus-kus-sum ~ Caila Holbrook
This year’s restoration work will be the largescale earthworks and re-contouring of the site to the elevations that will support tidal marsh and riparian upland forest vegetation. Come fall, we will be starting the re-vegetation of the site and we welcome all of you out to plant with us!
Much of the work on site will be carried by qualified heavy machinery operators. This year, we are proud to use the K’omoks Economic Development Corporation’s list of qualified Joint Venture Partners. As with our first year, we are committed to reducing waste and the overall footprint of this restoration project where ever possible. We will be reusing as much material as possible on site and then looking to repurpose any leftovers at projects throughout the Comox Valley where possible. Throughout restoration, there will be noise associated with construction. We will adhere to noise reduction bylaws and keep construction noise limited to the hours 7:30am-5pm.
We welcome and celebrate the interest and excitement of the community. If you are interested in observing the work on site, please watch from the river walkway across the Courtenay River rather than parking adjacent to the site or across the road. We want to keep everyone safe, and traffic flowing along Comox Road, so we thank you in advance for your understanding.
For those of you looking to learn more about the restoration that will take place, please join us for our public community forum. It will be hosted virtually via Zoom on June 16th at 6:30pm and everyone is welcome! Our Executive Director and Senior Staff Biologist will be walking you through our restoration plans and answering any questions. If you would like to join the forum please preregister so we can send you the Zoom link.
Thank you so much for your support and interest in Kus-kus-sum!
Earthworks Continue at Kus-kus-sum
While the Kus-kus-sum site is already beginning to come into its own, there is still much work to be done. Just over one third of the area was recontoured and planted last year in 2022. Project Watershed aims to recontour and replant the remainder of the site this summer and fall, if funding allows. The key works you will see on site this year include recontouring and regrading, habitat complexing, and native species planting.
Kus-kus-sum Restoration Overview
The restoration will occur in 3 phases. Click below to read more about each phase and scroll down to see a visual representation of the site features found on the restored Kus-kus-sum site. During Phase...
Forage Fish Map
Project Watershed has been surveying beaches for the presence of forage fish and forage fish eggs. The location of the beaches we surveyed last season are shown below. You can hover over each location to see if eggs were found.
Forage Fish Spring Forum April 26
Announcing the 2023 Virtual BC Forage Fish Monitoring Network Spring Forum! This event is an opportunity for all those interested in the conservation of forage fish in British Columbia to come together and learn about the latest research and updates.
The Importance of Estuarine Environments for Pacific Salmon
Fish monitoring at Hollyhock flats will be starting this summer! We’ve summarized a scientific article explaining what kinds of habitat are important to salmonids.
Kus-kus-sum Site History
A short history of the Kus-kus-sum site from pre-European contact to the present day.