This category features all post related to Project Watershed’s new and ongoing projects and initiatives.

Celebrate Earth Day by Planting with Project Watershed

Project Watershed in partnership with CV Nature and the Courtenay Air Park Association are hosting an Earth Day Planting Event on Saturday April 22nd. This is a call out for volunteers to help with the removal of invasive species and replanting of indigenous plants along the Courtenay Lagoon at the Airpark.

Date: April 22, Saturday
Time: 9am to 4pm

SHIFT #1 to begin at 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
SHIFT # 2 at 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Where to meet: Dan, Bill and team will meet you at 9:00 am or 1 pm at the Air Park Cafe (102, 20th Street, Courtenay)

Please bring work cloths, a shovel/or garden shears, and gloves, water, snacks or lunch. Watch the weather and dress accordingly.

There is much work to be done in this area. More planting opportunities will be posted in the near future.

Thank you for supporting Project Watershed.
Together we are Keeping It Living!

2016 Project Watershed “Keeping it Living” Award

Don Castleden, Chair of the Estuary Working Group (on right) presents the Keeping it Living Award to Wayne White, President of the Tsolum River Restoration Society at their AGM on Feb. 18, 2017.

The non-profit stewardship group Project Watershed has been focused on the long-term health of the K’ómoks Estuary since 2008. The Society’s mission is public education and information coupled with habitat restoration and research. In 2010, the Society’s Estuary Working Group developed its “Keeping it Living” mission statement for the Estuary. The slogan is based on First Nations’ principles of sustainability. A beautiful painting of the Estuary, by local artist Bev Byerley, was purchased and donated to the Society and each year this painting is displayed by the award recipient – a local organization whose behaviour most closely embodies the philosophy of the Estuary Working Group’s mission statement indicates Board Chair Paul Horgen. Read more

Project Watershed Membership Renewal 2017

With another successful year of activity behind us we look forward to our stewardship endeavors for 2017. Funding for the fish habitat enhancement project in Simms Millennium Park has been secured which involves the reworking of an off-channel habitat area for fish within a tidally influenced section of the Courtenay River. We continue to move […]

Update on Mallard and Glen Urquhart Stream Surveys

Glen Urquhart and Mallard Creeks both flow into Dyke Slough on the north side of the K’ómoks Estuary. The Dyke Slough in turn drains into Hollyhock Flats one of the most productive natural habitats left in the K’omoks Estuary. The creeks have been severely impacted by agricultural practices and upstream urban development. They each support salmonids at present, but available spawning and rearing habitat is very limited. Water quality from development in the upper reaches is also an issue. Preliminary topographic survey of both creeks was needed to determine options for future stream restoration. Project Watershed obtained seed funding of just under $5,000.00 from the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program in 2016 to carry out stream surveys of both creeks.

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Assistance with May Fiesta Event Needed!

On Saturday May 27th Project Watershed is holding a Keeping It Living Jumble Sale Fiesta at Simms Millennial Park and we need your help. This event will be to raise funds and awareness about the K’ómoks Estuary and what we and others are doing to protect and restore it. We are planning for kids activities, […]

Thank You Kiyoshi Kosky

Project Watershed would like to thank Kiyoshi Kosky for the $385 donation raised through his fundraising event on January 4th. The event was held at the White Whale and “was a funtastic success” reported Bill Heidrick and Dan Bowen who went representing Project Watershed. They went on to say that “The food was delicious, the […]

An aerial view of the last major flood in Courtenay— image credit: Comox Valley Echo File photo

Courtenay told to go ‘natural’ with flood relief

by  Debra Martin – Comox Valley Echo posted Jan 27, 2017 Courtenay should just go with the flow when it comes to flood management. Project Watershed representatives gave a presentation to city council last week about “natural flood relief” options. But one of the biggest opportunities to go that route became water under the bridge […]

Eco-Asset Management Symposium

PUBLIC PRESENTATION: Valuing Ecosystem Services, Climate Change and Thinking Like a Watershed Tuesday March 14th: 7pm-9pm COST: Free SYMPOSIUM and COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: Exploring Eco-system Services and Eco-asset Management Opportunities in the Upper, Mid and Lower Comox Valley Watersheds Wednesday March 15th: 9-4:15 COST: $25 includes catered lunch from Tria Fine Catering Registration Link:

Keep It Living with Chocolate

Environmental stewardship has never been sweeter as Project Watershed has teamed up with Hot Chocolates to produce Keeping It Living Bars. Keeping It Living bars come in dark and milk chocolate. The wrapper features Bev Byerley‘s View from the Courtenay Airpark #34. The chocolates go for $5 and raise funds for protecting and restoring the […]