This category features all posts related to Restoration (incl. Blue Carbon), Protection – KEMP / Land Acquisition / Walkway, and Education – Keeping It Living etc.

You are invited: 2017 Annual General Meeting!

Project Watershed is holding our Annual General Meeting June 3rd!

Date: Saturday, June 03
Time: 1 pm to 3 pm
Location: K’omoks First Nation Administration Office Boardroom, 3330 Comox Rd, Courtenay
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Dan Bowen sheds some light on the work being done at the old Field Sawmill site

Volunteers needed to Help Elementary Students with Stewardship

On May 11th, Project Watershed is looking for volunteers, especially those who identify as seniors or elders, to help Grade 2 students from Arden Elementary plant native species around the Airpark and learn about the ecology and history of the area. On May 10th, volunteers are also needed to plant salt marsh and assist in […]

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. Read more

Turning Fields Sawmill into Kus-kus-sum Park – First Steps

Project Watershed is working towards securing and restoring Kus-kus-sum, the former Fields Sawmill site, in the K’ómoks Estuary. If you are unfamiliar with the Fields Saw Mill the site is the large cement area that runs along Comox Road on the south side of the 17th street bridge, across from Locals Restaurant. The original salt […]

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

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 […]

Improving Salmon Survival in Simms; A Plan for Habitat Restoration

You may have noticed Project Watershed staff, volunteers and contractors measuring, photographing and generally poking around in the Simms Park area over the past year. We were carrying out a seed project to develop a plan for the redesign of the Simms Park side channel habitat.

Project Watershed Helps Grow Kelp

Collaborative Bull Kelp Restoration Research Project: Despite their high reproductive capacity, bull kelp beds have been in steady decline in central Strait of Georgia, including Lambert Channel and Baynes Sound in recent decades. Heavy grazing pressure from sea urchins and exceptionally warm water conditions are major factors in the reduction of bull kelp beds locally.