Is this thinking globally and acting locally?

The Cowichan Estuary is now in pitiful condition from industrial degradation.

Is this thinking globally and acting locally?

Re: Cowichan Estuary heavy industry rezoning

Dear Sirs: Re: Orca whale sole food source — Chinook salmon

The Cowichan Estuary, once one of the top three Chinook producing estuaries on the coast, is now in pitiful condition from industrial degradation.

Facing universal scientific and governmental calls to rebuild endangered orcas and their food supply, Chinook salmon stocks, what is our plan?

• Washington State — commits $1.1 billion to help orca whales

• Canadian government — commits $228.9 million to rebuild Chinook salmon stocks and protect orca whales

• B.C. Government — calls for rebuilding salmon stocks

• Cowichan Valley Regional District — rezoning Cowichan Estuary “heavy industry”

CVRD Estuary Committee meets in-camera and with no studies or DFO attendance, concludes that “…we have no documented evidence that the current [illegal heavy industry] uses have created significant environmental impacts.”

CVRD area directors, on Jan. 9 vote down a motion to refer the rezoning application to the Environmental Services Department for review.

Local residents ask: is this how we think globally and act locally? What planet do CVRD directors live on? What will you do about this?

Act responsibly: vote no to rezoning and send this issue back to the B.C. Minister of the Environment where it properly belongs!


A concerned, incredulous, tax-paying citizen

Bob Down

Cowichan Bay

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