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

$100,000 target met and surpassed on June 30!

We have met and surpassed our June 30 target of $100,000 for Kus-kus-sum! To date we have raised over $400,000 from our community fundraising initiatives. We now have just under $100,000 to raise to reach our overall goal of $500,000.  To facilitate the raising of this last $100,000, we are creating smaller targets over shorter time frames. Our next target will be $35,000 by October 20th in preparation for our next payment to Interfor on October 31st. Our targets after that will be the end of December this year and mid June 2020.

We are proud of our community and all donations and volunteer time everyone has put in to make this a success so far. We are almost at our goal and look forward to being able to start the restoration process in 2020. Thank you for helping us keep it living at Kus-kus-sum!

Millard Piercy Watershed Stewards receive Keep It Living Award

The Millard-Piercy Watershed Stewards were recently honoured as recipients of Project Watershed’s annual ‘Keeping it Living’ award.

The award, an original painting by local artist Bev Byerley, is presented to an organization in the Comox Valley that has made a significant contribution to the restoration and protection of the K’ómoks Estuary and its watersheds.

In the past year, the Millard-Piercy stewards, together with the City of Courtenay staff, organized two major cleanup campaigns of homeless campsites in the watershed after the sites had been evacuated by campers. In addition, the Stewards developed a phased restoration plan for the upper Piercy Creek watershed and launched a public awareness campaign for streamside homeowners to educate them how to protect sensitive streamside ‘riparian’ habitat.

The organization has also been a leader for the development referral process, working closely with the City of Courtenay to address concerns related to the significant amount of development that is occurring in this increasingly urbanized watershed. The group continues to undertake regular water quality monitoring and fish surveys in the watershed.

“We are very honoured to have received this award from Project Watershed,” said Robin Harrison, president of Millard-Piercy Watershed Stewards. “It is good to be recognized for the work our volunteers have undertaken for over 20 years to improve the health of the watershed.”

Project Watershed Plants Eelgrass off of Miracle Beach Park

If you were down at Miracle Beach Park on the weekend of June 22nd you might have noticed a dive boat and divers working just off shore.  The divers were working on transplanting subtidal eelgrass in barren areas off of the park.  The project is part of a larger coastal restoration project being led by the Comox Valley Project Watershed.  Recently Project Watershed completed a coastal mapping inventory of 120 kms of coastline, from the Oyster River estuary to the Annie Creek watershed.  The objective of this work was to assess changes in distribution of nearshore eelgrass, saltmarsh and kelp habitats in order to prioritize sites for restoration. It was determined that the subtidal area off of Miracle Beach Park was a good candidate for an eelgrass restoration project.  This site was prioritized due to the close proximity of healthy eelgrass beds, where donor stock could be harvested from, as well as the fact that the area already has some protection, due to the adjacent upland park.

Divers will be harvesting eelgrass shoots from lush beds near the restoration site.  The eelgrass will then be transported via boat to the Oyster River / Pacific Playgrounds marina where volunteers will prepare the shoots with anchors for the divers to transplant. A total transplant of 1000 m2 is planned, dived into five 200 m2 plots. Post transplant the eelgrass team will be returning to the site to monitor the success of the transplanted areas.  Marker floats attached to lead lines will be left in place to identify the transplant areas.

This story has been published in the Comox Valley Record  and Campbell River Mirror and will be aired on CBC Victoria on Wednesday June 26 at 7:40am by Bill Fee.


Project Watershed’s Coastal Restoration Plan Now Available!