The Morrison Creek Streamkeepers and Comox Valley Land Trust were recently honoured as recipients of Project Watershed’s annual ‘Keeping it Living’ award. The award, an original painting by local artist Bev Byerley, is presented to an organization in the Comox Valley that has made a significant contribution to the restoration and protection of the K’ómoks Estuary and its watersheds.
This year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It started in 1970 amid Vietnam war protests and scary, diverse and numerous environmental issues in the USA. As the environmental movement grew, so did the general public’s desire for change. Earth Day was first celebrated in Canada by a small yet influential group in 1990, leading to the establishment of Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity which overlooks Earth Day events and supports Canadians in celebrating the largest environmental event worldwide across 196 countries.
If you haven’t already seen it, CBC did a radio interview and a post about our Kus-kus-sum project. Thank you, CBC! We’d also like to acknowledge the importance of the collaboration of the City of Courtenay and K’ómoks First Nation in moving toward our vision for this spot!
Some of you may be asking what effect COVID-19 will have on the Kus-kus-sum project. Even though we do not know the full extent of the effects of this pandemic, we remain committed to unpaving paradise at Kus-kus-sum and confident of success.
At the moment our schools and educational institutions are closed to the general public. This means that there are many hands and minds that need to be kept busy. For those of you that have young ones at home or are just looking to find some mental stimulation while in self- isolation Project Watershed has some educational resources for you to enjoy.
Project Watershed is taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously. Everybody in our community including our directors, staff, volunteers, donors, members, family members and friends are vulnerable to this disease. We are doing our part to flatten the curve and slow the rate of infection so that our medical system can support those who need it. To this end, our offices are closed until further notice and fundraising events we were planning, or were being planned by a third party for us, have been postponed.
A recent donation from the Li-Grimmer family means we are one large step closer to restoring the Kus-kus-sum site and unpaving paradise! The Li-Grimmer family’s generous $50,000 donation to the Kus-kus-sum project is a huge boost that will help us make our next payment to Interfor, which is due at the end of June 2020. We are very grateful for their support!
Over the past few months, Project Watershed and citizen scientist volunteers have been working hard to identify forage fish spawning beaches in the Northern Salish Sea. Forage fish are a group of small schooling fish that are ecologically important to a variety of marine species such as Chinook and coho salmon, marine shore birds like the Rhinocerous Auklet and larger marine mammals such as orcas and humpback whales. In BC there are seven common species of forage fish: eulachon, Pacific sand lance, surf smelt, Pacific herring, Pacific sardine, capelin, and Northern anchovy.
We met Daniel and Nadine at a LIFT fundraisier for Kus-kus-sum, they had the winning bid on a silent auction item. They said they wanted to do more and have committed to donating 10% of all their online sales to the Kus-kus-sum project until June 2020! This December they donated $350 and are excited to up that amount by June.
Congratulations and thanks to everyone who helped make this double raffle a success for Queneesh School’s Aboriginal program and for Kus-kus-sum!
As the Kus-kus-sum initiative heads into 2020 people are eager to hear what is happening with the site, and more specifically, when. “The only thing we are waiting on is money” reports Kathy Haigh, Fundraising Director at Project Watershed.
Due to COVID-19 the film fest has been postponed. The new date for the event will be posted here as soon as it has been rescheduled.