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


If you did not get a chance to join us at our AGM, you missed an excellent presentation by Mel Sheng from Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Our Chair prepared and presented a thorough report detailing the summary of our projects for 2010:

PW AGM 2011 Report From the Chair – Website

DFO Salmon Enhancement Program (SEP) – May 20th – 21st

Notice from the Salmon Enhancement Program (SEP)  organizing committee:

Please accept this notice as an invitation to our workshop. Volunteers, like you, make up the Public Involvement Program component of the Oceans Habitat and Enhancement Branch and continue to address the goals of Fisheries and Oceans. With adequate support and recognition volunteers will always be there to work with DFO to maintain this renewable resource.

This biennial workshop brings together and recognizes the thousands of volunteers throughout British Columbia who devote many hours of work towards stewardship, increasing fish stocks and enhancing fish habitat. The event provides volunteers with a chance to learn new skills from workshops, share ideas and meet other volunteers from across the province. Beginning at a wine and cheese on Friday evening, volunteers will be officially welcomed to the First Nations Territory and Campbell River, and will have a chance to meet and greet fellow volunteers and guests. Saturday has a full schedule of concurrent workshops and presentations designed to fulfill our theme of “Wetlands to Waves: sustainability through stewardship”, ending with a dinner in the evening for registrants and invited guests. Sunday is a time for us to showcase Campbell River and our local area with respect to stewardship projects, unique natural features and local attractions.

Our goal is to provide a learning opportunity for our many salmon stewardship volunteers from around the province while celebrating this incredible dedication to our renewable resource. Campbell River provides you with the unique opportunity to experience both the fresh water and marine environments salmon need to be successful and thrive.

We look forward to seeing you in Campbell River.

Program Highlights

Registration Form

Electrofishing Certification/Recertification Course offered at Vancouver Island University (VIU)

Vancouver Island University Natural Resources Extension Program is offering “Electofishing, Theory, Safety and Uses” training course to assist crew leaders and crew members to achieve or maintain professional certification.

Worksafe BC recommends that crew leader and member renew their certification every four years to ensure competence in the use of electrofishing equipment.

For further information on this course please contact:

Vancouver Island University

Natural Resources Extension Program

 Tel: 250-740-6492


Comox Valley Living City Challenge – Wednesdays in May Brown Bag Lunches

The Comox Valley Art Gallery is hosting art talks for us to expound on the CV Living City Challenge exhibit. The brown bag topics will now be as follows for May 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th (all Wednesdays at noon):

1.    Introduction to the Living Building Challenge:  Come hear Jay Dahlgren explain the 5Ws of the Living Building Challenge and how it relates to the CV Living City Challenge design competition. Find out how this inspiring program is spreading around the world and how you can become an active participant right here in the Comox Valley.

2.    Density is our Friend:  Join Tom Dishlevoy for a short overview on why our communities desperately need to increase their development densities if we are to achieve any hope of becoming sustainable.  Discover the many connections between development density and almost every other issue pertaining to an urban way of life.  See how the CV Living City Challenge competition increased the density of our communities in various locations, creating vibrant mixed use communities as well as quiet single family neighbourhoods.

3.    Understanding the Land before you Leap Come listen to William Marsh expound on the importance on understanding the land upon which we live.  Learn how the Comox Valley is composed of land that varies dramatically from one location to the next.  Learn how different regions were created over time and as the result of powerful forces in nature.  Most importantly learn that all land is not created equally when it comes to human settlement and find out why our local planners and engineers are getting it really wrong.

4.    Nature in the City:  Join Alison Mewett while she shares her wisdom on the importance of nature as an integral part of human existence.  Hear how the role of nature is an important factor in the Living Building Movement, including natural landscapes, water and biophilia.  See how the CV Living City Challenge team was able to: preserve large areas of natural landscapes around our core settlement areas; take pressure off of our agricultural land making food self sufficiency a strong possibility; and weave green spaces and water features throughout our developed living areas.

The River Never Sleeps Festival – Sunday May 15th, 2011 10-3

4th Annual The River Never Sleeps Festival,  A celebration of Salmon and their Ecosystems.  Family & Community Day hosted by Fanny Bay Salmon Enhancement Society, Nile Creek Enhancement Society and Union Bay Streamkeepers.  Also attending Pacific Streamkeepers, VIU Fisheries Program and Living Rivers

Bayview Chiropractic donates cw$

Project Watershed would like to extend a big thank you to Bayview Chiropratic Clinic in Courtenay for their donation of community way dollars (cw$).

These dollars will help us promote stewardship of Comox Valley Watersheds.  Currently we are focusing much of our work on the Courtenay River Estuary. The Courtenay River Estuary is the heart of our watershed, not to mention a unique and special feature of the Comox Valley.

Project Watershed is a registered charity and funding for our activities depends on governments, foundations, memberships and local businesses. Community way gives charities like Project Watershed a new avenue for fund generation that everyone in the community can be a part of.

If you own a business please consider joining community way and donate to Project Watershed. It is an excellent way to promote your business. Since Project Watershed is a registered charity we will also issue a charitable tax receipt.

The community way dollars you donate to Project Watershed will go towards protection and restoration of the beautiful and highly cherished natural environment of the Comox Valley. To find out more about joining community way visit

Another way to support your community is to buy cw$.  Buying cw$ from Project Watershed is similar to donating but better as you get to use your money twice; first by supporting Project Watershed and again by purchasing from local businesses. Visit our offices at 2356a Rosewall Cres in Tin Town or call (250) 703-2871.

2011 Annual General Meeting

You are invited to Project Watershed Society’s
2011 Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Time: 6:30 pm Registration for 7:00 pm Meeting

Location:  The Evergreen Room,Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay

Guest Speaker: Mel Sheng – DFO Resource Restoration Biologist

Seafood Hors d’oeuvres provided by Cory Frank

Keeping It Living Silent Auction

Time is running out for you to bid on estuary inspired art. Once again artists from around the Comox Valley and beyond are supporting the protection and restoration of the Courtenay River Estuary by submitting their art to the Keeping It Living Campaign.

Keeping It Living is an awareness and fundraising campaign to give everyone the opportunity to contribute to the preservation and restoration of the Courtenay River Estuary. The goal is to bring about the return of abundance to this beautiful and productive natural feature which truly is the jewel in the crown of the Comox Valley.

Forty three pieces have been submitted from renowned artists such as Ken Kirkby, Bev Byerley, Richard Mravik, Sofie Skapski, Brian Buckrell and more. Their art encompasses a variety of styles, mediums, sizes and subjects.

The pieces, beautiful and alluring, are up at and will be on display at Zocalo Cafe, Crown Isle, The Coastal Community Credit Union, and the Royal Bank  from March 1st to 31st. Remember these pieces not only have value as amazing art but also as symbols of the quality of life you are protecting, you can go online to to place your bids.

The Grand Finale of the auction and competition will be the Day of the Estuary event held at K’omoks Band Hall on April 2nd. All art as well as interactive multimedia displays will be showcased and open to the public 1pm to 5:30pm. There will also be an evening session featuring presentations by Nancy Greene on Estuary Archeology aka Sticks in the Mud and Ken Kirkby on Restoration Success. This will be the last chance for bids and will be an event to remember. For more information visit

Holly Hock flats salt marsh

March 17th – Estuary Movie Night – 7-9pm

You are invited to Estuary Movie Night at the Stan Hagen Theater, North Island College, admission by donation.

Project Watershed in conjunction with World Community will be presenting estuary focused movies and a short presentation on our own Courtenay River Estuary.  The two movies that will be shown are a 5 min short on the Courtenay River Estuary and an hour segment on the fight to save the San Fransisco Estuary. The San Fransisco Estuary is the largest estuary in North America and was highly impacted by rapid development; much of the estuary was “lost” or severely degraded.  Then a small group of dedicated people got together and changed its fate ( With less obstacles in our way the Courtenay River Estuary can also become a shining example of people living in harmony with an important natural feature.

The Courtenay River Estuary is the heart of our community both physically, as it resembles a heart, and spiritually, as our beautiful geographic center. Along with the impressive Comox Glacier it frames our world. Come out for a movie night to be inspired and motivated to protect and restore it. If California can do the Comox Valley can do it!

May Wetlandkeeper Course Offered

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