Category: Environment

The “Knot On My Property” program is up and running for 2018

Local governments in the Comox Valley (the Town of Comox, the City of Courtenay, the Village of Cumberland, and the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD)) have once again joined forces with the Coastal Invasive Species Committee (Coastal ISC) to bust invasive Knotweed and Giant Hogweed. Both plants are considered alien invasive species in BC and if left unchecked can wreak havoc on our local ecosystems and diminish property values. And in the case of giant hogweed, can lead to third degree burns when in contact with skin, due to its clear phototoxic sap.

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Project Watershed Celebrates a Quarter of a Century of Environmental Stewardship

The general public is invited to the Comox Valley Project Watershed Society’s 25th Annual General Meeting at 2:00 on Saturday, May 26, 2018, in the K’omoks Band Hall on Dyke Road. We will be celebrating 25 years of Project Watershed and 10 years of the Estuary Working Group reflects Don Castleden, Chair of the Estuary Working Group. Senior Project Manager, Tim Innis, will have an updated Kus-kus-sum presentation, our most ambitious project yet. Learn about our latest education, outreach and fundraising activities. Some exciting events are coming up!

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Ocean Wise Celebrity chef Ned Bell is being flown in from Vancouver by Pacific Coastal Airlines to create a gourmet three-course seafood lunch to raise awareness and funds for t he purchase and restoration of Kus-kus-sum (the Old Field Sawmill site). Locals Restaurant will host the luncheon on May 26th at 11:30am.

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Salmon lice outbreak could devastate Clayoquot salmon

Tofino, May 3, 2018—A massive outbreak of salmon lice in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is threatening to wipe out this year’s salmon run. Cermaq’s documentation on salmon lice for April show that the numbers of salmon lice on seven of their fourteen Clayoquot farm sites are up to ten times higher than the threshold which requires treatment. The regulatory threshold is three motile salmon lice per farm fish.

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Thinking Green Transportation?

Come learn about Electric and Hybrid Vehicles and how they help decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the impact on Climate Change.

SAGE (Sustainability Action Group for the Environment) of Comox United Church is hosting an evening of thinking green transportation.

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Funds roll in for Kus-kus-sum, Project Watershed hopes to restore former Field Sawmill site

A number of groups and individuals have contributed to Project Watershed’s efforts to purchase and restore the former Field Sawmill site on the Courtenay River near the 17th Street Bridge.

The Cumberland Community Forest Society has raised thousands at trivia nights, attendees at Doug Hillian’s retirement party raised a few thousand, and two boys raised more than $100 at their sixth birthday party.

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Science Pub Explores Trees and Community!

The Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) is hosting the second event in their NEW 2018 CCFS Science Pub Series, where experts, elders, ecologists, artisans and local knowledge holders share stories, insights and understanding about the science and mysteries of life of earth. The next CCFS Science Pub is Wednesday April 25th and its all about Trees!

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On April 10th, ten members from Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition, along side the Canadian Freshwater Alliance met with the majority of Island MLAS and Ministers in Victoria to discuss serious water challenges occurring in community watersheds across Vancouver Island. There are concerns with the logging practices that currently exist within many of the watersheds, both on private land and crown land and the need for the robust implementation of the Water Sustainability Act Regulations.

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Community, business, and Indigenous leaders launch ‘Declaration in Defence of Wild Salmon’

On April 17th, 2018 in Vancouver, a diverse group of B.C. community, Indigenous, and business leaders announced the launch of the “Declaration in Defence of Wild Salmon”. The declaration seeks to draw together the growing number of voices calling on the B.C. government to take action on salmon farming by refusing to renew fish farm leases when they expire in June, 2018.

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