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

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

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.

Project Watershed Recognizes City of Courtenay for New Spill Response Trailer

During the Fall of 2015 there were two events causing oil spills into the K’omoks Estuary. The October event was caused by a leaking residential oil tank which caused a major spill and the November event was caused by a plane crashing into the estuary. Project Watershed was concerned about the suitable and available equipment and communication protocol for these spill responboom horizontal smallses. These events were certainly a learning experience for the City of Courtenay and local environmental steward groups.

Project Watershed is now pleased to see that the City of Courtenay has added a spill response trailer to their Public Works Services. “The spill response trailer keeps the tools and supplies needed to deal with a spill neatly organized in one place, ready to use at a moment’s notice” as explained in the Comox Valley Echo July 26, 2015.  For issues, please contact Public Works Services at 250-338-1525 or email or after hours call 250-334-2947.



More marshes at Courtenay Airpark and Royston

This spring and summer Project Watershed and some very dedicated and hardworking volunteers have been busy planting saltmarsh around the Courtenay Airpark and Royston Wrecks (check out the photos and time-lapse photography of the plantings in this article).  These saltmarsh areas were created by Project Watershed in order to help restore saltmarsh habitat that has […]

Fish Traps and Estuary-ers Game a hit at Seafood Dinner

On the afternoon of June 15th the rain cleared, the sun came out and the K’omoks First Nation Kumugwe Dancers lead by Chief Robert Everson took to the lawn in front of Locals Restaurant for the K’ómoks Estuary Seafood Dinner. “The dinner was our first  BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival event and we are very […]