Land should be included in marsh

Duncan – Re: Coun. Siebring says: sell the marsh site The land that North Cowichan owns in the Somenos Marsh should not be sold. A new owner will likely sue the taxpayers for misrepresentation when they discover the complexities and spiraling costs involved in attempting to build the foundation for a building in a wet marshland.

They’ll discover that the land is flood-prone and that the cost of insurance is prohibitive, if available at all. The legal costs to the taxpaying public could far exceed any paltry sum North Cowichan Municipality could realize for selling marshland. And why aren’t we supportive of marshland for what it is, a place of refuge, its real value being its wildness? Perhaps Coun. All Siebring could share with us his record of preserving wild places for the community to enjoy.

From a municipality’s standpoint, sometimes cutting your present losses is preferable to incurring more.

I wish all marshland north of Beverly Street could be included in the Somenos Marsh (the exception being the school, which could live out its usefulness, then be put in). Does anyone else out there share my views? If so, let North Cowichan know. They want your opinion. I believe the public consultation process is still in effect.

Julie Foster

Duncan

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mary Lowther column: Time to plan the winter garden

Weeds have gotten away on me, I’ve just finished laying out my soaker hoses

Sarah Simpson Column: Finding nature at home

It was time to call in reinforcements.

Shady Lady: legendary Catalina touches down on Cowichan Lake

Two flying boats test the waters west of Youbou

Under new ownership, Cowichan’s Isles prepare for 2020-21

The Isles have gone through some ups and downs in recent seasons

Cowichan Valley Regional District will reopen three arenas in August

Ice will go back in at Lake Cowichan, Cowichan Community Centre and Kerry Park

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Missing teen visiting Courtenay found safe

She had last been seen going for a walk on Aug. 6

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Fitness non-profit challenges citizens to invent a game to be physically active

The campaign was launched after a study showed only 4.8 per cent of children and youths in Canada met required standards of the 24-hour movement guidelines

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Most Read