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

It’s Looking Up at Kus-kus-sum

Riparian Restoration Course, March 12-14, 2019

Learn how to use natural materials to restore eroding creek banks! Please join David Polster and the Fanny Bay Salmonid Enhancement Society for a free day of education in exchange for your volunteer labour on days 2 & 3.  Pre-Registration is required!  Dress appropriately. Email: Judy Ackinclose to confirm your attendance – ackinclose@shaw.ca. For more information please check out this pdf

2019 Rosewall Creek Horne Lake Caves Parks Riparian Restoration Course

Comox Valley Paddle Film Festival

Please join us for an evening of films and fundraising for two great causes.  100% of profits from this movie night will be split equally between the Cumberland Community Forest Society and the Project Watershed / Kus-Kus-Sum restoration.

This great night of films will take place on May 3rd at the Cumberland Cultural Centre on Dunsmuir Ave.  Tickets are only $20. There is a $3 discount for the Comox Paddle Club until April 15th. Please use code CPCFilms.

We have a small room with only 200 tickets available for purchase.
Don’t miss out!  Buy Your Tickets Now

The Paddling Film Festival World Tour is produced by Rapid Media and presented in Cumberland on May 3rd.

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Movies begin at 6:30.

Silent auction, food, drink and door prizes will happen throughout the evening.

Where?
At the Cumberland Cultural Centre at 2674 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland.

The Paddling Film Festival is an international adventure film tour presenting the world’s best paddling films of the year – white-water, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP, action and lifestyle – in more than 120 cities and towns across Canada, United States and around the world.

From 26 inspiring paddling films shortlisted for the World Tour, including the 10 festival category winners, local hosts will choose the best movies for their regions.  Audiences will see hairy white-water action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, northern river canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries and grueling kayak fishing battles.

Want to sponsor or need more info?

For more information or to become a sponsor to help support our awesome and important charitable organizations please contact

Your Local Host: Jay Nadler from Naviguide Insurance at (250-871-6284) or jay@naviguideins.ca
Festival Coordinator: Ray Bretzloff, (613) 706-0677 x118, coordinator@paddlingfilmfestival.com

Alternative donation site

If you would like more of your donation to go to our great cause, please try this wonderful new option: Comox Valley Community Foundation https://cvcfoundation.org/giving/make-a-donation/.

They have a designated fund – Robin and Jennifer Harrison – which funds our Kus-kus-sum project!
https://cvcf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1015

The Comox Valley Community Foundation has a  new online donation portal for all funds.  This new donation portal allows donors to donate directly to the fund of their choice with lower administration fees than other online donation options.  For donors this means more of their donation is going directly to enriching live in the Comox Valley (see chart below).

Online Donation Website One Time Donation Fee

(Visa and MC Canadian Credit Cards Only)

Fee on $100.00 Donation Actual Donation to CVCF Fund
Canada Helps 4% $4.00 $96.00
CVCF Online Donation Portal 2.2% + $0.30 $2.50 $97.50

Thank you kindly for thinking of us and helping us make the Comox Valley an environmentally sustainable place to live.

Indigenous Youth Bath Bombs Support Kus-kus-sum

Our latest supporters are “Bomb with us.” Not only a unique name but also a unique handmade product! Check out these lovely looking bath bombs. Their cedar fragrance is reminiscent of strolling through the woods on a sunny afternoon. Sage scented bath bombs will be available soon.

Order yours now!

Five indigenous youth in the Comox Valley created “Bomb with us” as part of the BC Indigenous Youth 3C Challenge. These beautiful, fragrant Cedar & Sage Bath Bombs are for sale for only $3 a piece for heart shaped and $4 for regular! All proceeds will be donated to Project Watershed and the Kus-kus-sum project. Check out their Facebook page

“The BC 3C Challenge is an innovation in experiential learning targeted for Indigenous youth ages 15-30, that requires teams to collaborate and balance the 3C values: (1) Community, (2) Culture and (3) Cash in new business ventures. The program aims to build skills and experience through training and an entrepreneurship competition for Indigenous youth.” More details here.

Coastal Restoration Fund Update

After many long hours researching, mapping and writing  Project Watershed’s Coastal Restoration Team has produced the first draft of the Salish Sea North East Vancouver Island Salmon Highway (Nearshore Habitat) Coastal Restoration Plan. This foundational document will serve as a guide for future nearshore habitat restoration projects that Project Watershed and our partnering organisations carry out. It catalogs a long list of potential projects including restoration of eelgrass, kelp and salt marsh habitat along approximately 120 kms of shoreline from Oyster River to Fanny Bay.

Before the end of March we will holding two stakeholder input sessions to gather feedback on the document, help prioritize projects and firm up the partnerships necessary to initiate work on the projects that are shown to be top priorities. One of the sessions will be in Oyster River and the other in Fanny Bay. If you are a member of a stakeholder group in the Fanny Bay to Oyster River region please watch for details on the stakeholder sessions.

If you have any questions about this project please email estuary.projectwatershed@gmail.com.

Greening the Comox Valley St. Patrick’s Dinner

EVENT CANCELLED- Sorry for any inconvenience Join the fun of “Greening the Comox Valley ” by wearing green and celebrating St Patrick’s Day with us at 40 Knots Winery & Vineyard with our gracious hosts and Project Watershed supporters, Brenda and Layne Craig. This year we will celebrate the winning photographs from the 2018 Keeping […]