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

Brian Buckrell Art Show & Sale in Support of Kus-kus-sum

Award-winning Comox Valley artist Brian Buckrell is holding his annual Christmas Show and Sale at Whyte’s Framing and Gallery in Comox from Saturday, December 1 – 22. Twenty percent of all paintings sold will be donated to Project Watershed, specifically for Kus Kus Sum, to “un-pave a parking lot and put up a paradise.” The old Field Sawmill reclamation and restoration campaign is one of the most important Valley projects in recent memory.

Brian will be painting, and welcomes visitors at the Gallery each Saturday from 1 to 4 PM.


7th Annual Estuary Carol Walk


The Estuary Carol Walk is a unique opportunity to enjoy our beloved Airpark and Riverway during the winter season. Carolers will share universal spiritual and secular musical traditions with birds, seals, salmon and other residents of our community. “It’s not necessary to be a choir singer – like the other Estuary inhabitants, we’ll just raise our voices,” says Joanna Finch, carol leader.  This Dec. 3rd Project Watershed-sponsored event is not a fundraiser, rather it is an invitation to include nature as part of your festive activities. Read more

Kus-kus-sum Information Evening November 30th

Kus-kus-what? Hopefully you have heard that something is happening with the large cemented area beside the 17th street bridge along the Courtenay River. But you may still have lots of questions such as: What is happening, Who is doing it, Why is it important? Are contaminated soils an issue? How are we going to raise […]

Emotional kick-off for sawmill site restoration project

Representing the three partners in the project, Courtenay Councillor Doug Hillian, K’ómoks First Nation Chief Councillor Nicole Rempel and Project Watershed chair Paul Horgen pose for a photo at the estuary, across from the sawmill site that will be restored. Photo by John Bonner.

Official launch of Kus-kus-sum project draws a crowd, and thousands of dollars

Dignitaries from Project Watershed, K’ómoks First Nation and the City of Courtenay addressed the crowd, and thanked everyone for the interest shown in the project.

“I was really gratified, even inspired by what so many people had to say,” said Project Watershed board chair Paul Horgen. “I thought [Courtenay councillor] Doug Hillian made a great [speech], as did a number of other people.”

As was announced in the Comox Valley Record Thursday, Sept. 14, Project Watershed and the K’ómoks First Nation have reached an agreement with Interfor Corporation to purchase and restore the former Field sawmill site on the Courtenay River near the 17th Street bridge.The City of Courtenay is reviewing opportunities to take on the role as landowners, with KFN, once the acquisition is complete. Read more

Shaw TV Includes Historical Footage of Field Sawmill in New Kus-kus-sum Video