Coming up in Cowichan: Parade route changed, Koksilah water event July 17

Water conservation in the Koksilah watershed

On July 17, the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is partnering with the Cowichan Watershed Board to host an evening on water conservation in the increasingly drought challenged Koksilah watershed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hub in Cowichan Station.

Speakers Tom Rutherford, Cowichan Watershed Board executive director and fish biologist, and Watershed Board member and former president of the BC Groundwater Association David Slade, will be joined by 17-year-old Sierra Robinson, permaculture teacher, farmer, film-maker and crew-lead for the Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians. Together they will talk about the severe drought conditions in the watershed, the ongoing challenge of climate change and real, water conservation solutions.

“Water conservation is everybody’s responsibility,” says Rutherford, “While it’s easy to point fingers at the big agricultural users, we all have to step up. We can all be better water stewards.”

A world-café style community conversation will follow the presentations to give residents a chance to share what conservation efforts are working, what is worth trying and what kind of support is needed to better address the growing water challenges in the Koksilah.

During the evening local gardeners and hobby farmers in the Koksilah watershed will also have a chance to apply to win one of six free permaculture water conservation garden audits on their property. These will be conducted by local permaculturists Jason Greenwood and Sierra Robinson in August. Those householders participating in garden audits will receive a report with specific water conservation recommendations for their property.

“Permaculture is an ecological approach to gardening and food production,” says event organizer Jane Kilthei, “and one of its most exciting aspects is its approach to water. Permaculture designers use landscape design to conserve and store water while building topsoil. Some permaculture projects have been so successful that they even recharge groundwater supplies.”

One of the gardens selected for an audit will also be chosen for a Permaculture Blitz implementing water conservation solutions. This includes both design support from our permaculture experts and a day of hands-on help from a team of volunteers to work on a water conservation garden transformation this fall. The team will bring tools and willing hands. The property owner will cover the hard costs, such as the purchase of trees or shrubs.

Take note: new route for Duncan day parade 2019

Organizers of the Panago Grande Parade on Saturday, July 13 are reminding Valley families that the route has changed this year.

It starts at 10 a.m. so get your lawnchairs out and get ready for fun.

Everything begins and ends in the Community Centre parking lot as usual, but the parade runs up James Street, turns right on Canada Avenue, left on Third Street and then left on Jubilee Street.

A big change is that it turns left off Jubilee onto Ingram Street by the post office and goes straight down Ingram across Canada Avenue to Queens Road, turning left at Alderlea before returning to the Centre.

That means that much of the downtown core of Duncan is not on the actual parade route, which leaves those areas open for sidewalk sales, the motorcycle show, the public market, and more.

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