Downstream: The Discourse investigates solutions for Cowichan Valley water

Community members tell us that they are very concerned about threats to Cowichan water systems, including droughts, flooding, logging, development, pollution and climate change. That’s why we’re investigating how the Quw’utsun and Xwulqw’selu watersheds have changed, and what solutions exist for a healthy and resilient future.

Cowichan estuary project surfaces questions from community

The Discourse reached out to Cowichan Estuary Restoration Project partners to learn more about it and its benefits and costs.

Cowichan estuary restoration will combat impacts of sea-level rise

Rising sea levels and human development are squeezing the Cowichan estuary habitat out of existence. This project aims to make space for the estuary into the future.

An historic agreement to heal the Koksilah watershed

Cowichan Tribes and B.C. have agreed to a collaborative process to reimagine land and water management, from the ground up.

New research points to solutions for Koksilah and Chemainus watershed health

A years-long study is identifying ways to improve watershed and fish habitat health in the Koksilah and Chemainus rivers.

Expanse of deep ocean off ‘Vancouver Island’ set to become protected area

First Nations and federal government sign MOU to co-manage proposed MPA in 133,019-square-km section of the Pacific.

Five ways the community can support Cowichan watersheds

The Discourse held an event about watershed solutions. Here’s some of what we learned.

RSVP: Community conversation on Cowichan watershed solutions

Join us on Monday, Jan. 30 to discuss solutions for the Cowichan and Koksilah watersheds.

Sta’lo’ Mustimuhw: A story of the river people

The story of the Quw’utsun Sta’lo’ (Cowichan River) goes back well before the first Quw’utsun ancestor, writes Jared Qwustenuxun Williams.

It’s all connected: A Quw’utsun watershed story

Jared Qwustenuxun Williams shares an Indigenous perspective on Cowichan land, trees and water.

‘Critical edge’: A community effort to bring S’amunu salmon back from the brink

All hope isn’t lost to restore the deteriorated watershed, says Paul Gowland, president of the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society.

Communities come together to clean the Quw’utsun Sta’lo’ (Cowichan River)

Volunteers removed 1,700 kilograms of garbage from the riverbank at this year’s Lower Cowichan River Cleanup.

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