Call for action on updated estuary plan

Comox Valley Echo

Published: Friday, June 15, 2012

Concern is being voiced that the updated Courtenay River Estuary Management Plan might end up being left on a shelf rather than being used as a template for action.

On Tuesday, Don Castleden and Wayne White were updating Comox Valley Regional District directors on progress with the draft plan, which has now been distributed to various authorities and bodies for consultation.

Castleden said the estuary was a remarkable natural resource and ecosystem at the heart of the Comox Valley. He compared it to Stanley Park in Vancouver and Beacon Hill in Victoria – great natural assets drawing residents and visitors alike, each a refuge from urban bustle.

But several different governments and agencies had jurisdiction over the estuary, and a governance structure needed to be agreed to ensure consistent approaches to its management, restoration and protection. A partnership approach was essential.

White said the original plan had been drawn up many years ago, but never implemented.

“We don’t want to see this plan sitting on the shelf for years like the last one did,” he said. “We need a community conversation to keep things moving.”

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