Homeless have left ton of garbage near river bank

when the river level rises, will mostly be washed into and down the river.

Homeless have left ton of garbage near river bank

There is a situation I’m sure the city is aware of along the banks of the river directly behind the casino and under the Silver Bridge. The encampments that were there during the summer months have left huge amounts of garbage near the river bank, which when the river level rises, will mostly be washed into and down the river.

I understand there is a bylaw enforcement officer who liaises with Cowichan Tribes, as this is on their land and their responsibility to clean up. I have mentioned this problem to several city employees who I’ve run into on my walks along this area of the dike. I spoke to a bylaw enforcement officer a few weeks ago while he was patrolling at the Saturday market in City Square and he said he would pass this information on to the city council and the specific bylaw officer.

However, to date this incredible mess (which probably includes some hazardous materials, needles, etc.) is still there and is in imminent danger of being swept away down river if it overflows its banks, which it has done in the past after heavy rains and high water levels.

There are also people having campfires under the bridge. At one point there was a huge firepit built out of rocks. It has since been dismantled, but on Thursday when I walked by, there was another bonfire with kindling and wooden pallets sitting on a shopping cart waiting to be burned. I would think a fire under the bridge deck would present a serious traffic hazard with smoke issuing upwards, not to mention damage to the underside of the bridge structure.

I hope the city can address this issue along with Cowichan Tribes to rectify this situation. There are often stories about the Cowichan River being a heritage site, the danger to the salmon population, etc. and this terrible disgrace needs to be cleaned up.

S. Craven

Maple Bay

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

Just Posted

Cowichan Community Centre Elder College celebrates 20th anniversary

Volunteer instructors are the key to success.

Flashback: Teddy bears, dinosaurs, cougars, oh my!

Remember these stories from Cowichan Lake?

Drivesmart column: Clear your frosty windows BEFORE driving

85 per cent of the information we require to drive safely comes to us through our eyes.

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 20 to 26

Rabbit Day, Hobbit Day and One-Hit Wonder Day are all coming up this week

B.C. or Ontario? Residential school survivors fight move of court battle

It’s now up to Ontario’s Court of Appeal to sort out the venue question

B.C. transportation minister will not seek re-election

Claire Trevena has held the position since 2017

Body discovered floating in water near Lasqueti Island

JRCC reports personnel aboard fishing vessel made the find

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Most Read