Our deep love for Vancouver Island is hardly a secret, and when we get a chance to participate in trying to help active conservation and stewardship practices underway, we do so with joy in our hearts. Just this summer we discovered a catastrophe unfolding in our very own backyard. The Cowichan River in the Cowichan Valley is one of only three BC rivers that is categorized under the Canadian Heritage Rivers System deeming it a national resource that must be preserved and maintained. Due to the lack of rainfall in the valley in the second half of the summer and the fall, the river levels fell to very concerning levels resulting in a reduction in the number of salmon being able to spawn.
We were very happy to learn that a group of people who care about these issues have come together in an effort to find a way to make sure this problem doesn’t happen again. The Cowichan River flows out of Cowichan Lake further upstream. A weir is located at the spot where the lake flows into the river, allowing for great control over both the lake’s and the river’s water heights. We believe the core issue is the understanding that with proper management, both levels could be managed and near catastrophes like the one we encountered this year could be averted.
This group is called One Cowichan, and they are hosting their first meeting on this issue Thursday evening, October 25th, 2012, at 7:00PM at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Center. We’re definitely going to be there to add our voices to the rising chorus of concerned citizens.
We’ve been asked to provide the photography for the event, and we are honored and humbled to do so. The ability to give back a little to the community that has been so gracious and generous to us over the years means a lot.
Please sign the active petition and come join us this Thursday to make our voices heard. It’s always a shame when a calamity like this is the glue that brings a community together and only through the acts of those who care can we band together and avoid a problem like this again next year, and for many years to come. Both the fish and the Toads thank you.
We really appreciate you taking the time to come by and see us here at The Hollow today. As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so we encourage you to leave us any comments you may have!
Visit our online gallery “Cowichan River” to see all 11 HDR images of the Cowichan River.