Valley beautiful before development reared ugly head

I have lived here since the mid 1950s; at that time it was a verdant pasture.

Valley beautiful before development reared ugly head

Reading Bill Woollam’s letter about developers with their lack of compassion about the flora and fauna of our beautiful Valley.

I have lived here since the mid 1950s; at that time it was a verdant pasture. One of the early developers began that disaster that is Beverley Street, built on a flood plain. Also at that period, logging anywhere for subdivision was accepted by all councils, I estimate around about 10,000 acres, maybe more has been cut down since 1950s, for subdivision purposes: here a subdivision there a subdivision.

The increase in water consumption is never mentioned that these subdivisions require. Why and what for?

I do realize climate change is a problem that we can do little about, yet we could have done some preparation such as by doing very selective logging — clear cutting is total disaster — furthermore the shipping of timber, grown here, to other countries while our mills close is unconscionable, yet our governments condone it. The mechanics of soil culture have been totally ignored; stands of forest are a perfect water filtration system keeping the liquid cool, restraining the rain’s flow.

This information apparently does not concern the developers. Who remembers what a beautiful Valley this used to be before development reared its ugly head?

George Manners

Cowichan Bay

Just Posted

Duncan Christian Chargers third at Islands

The Duncan Christian School Chargers senior boys volleyball team wrapped up their… Continue reading

Lake Flashback: Tragedy strikes the Lake, RCMP call in Sikorsky chopper, and thieves leave their tools behind

Three accidental deaths in one grim week, and air crane required to save fish from wrecked truck

VIDEO: Lake Cowichan fire department celebrates long service

The annual event sees several earn awards as well as the retirement of Ray Bourassa after 30 years

Hal Kerbes back in Chemainus for a favourite holiday blockbuster

Veteran actor comes out of retirement to play Kris Kringle and make us believe in Santa Claus

’Tis the season for holiday cheer with a Ken Lavigne Christmas

Enjoy the magic of the season with the region’s largest indoor snowball fight

VIDEO: B.C. to restrict nicotine content, bring in 20% tax on vaping products

Province will also restrict candy and fruit flavoured vaping products to adult-only stores

‘City that protects rapists’: Sexual assault survivor slams Kelowna mayor for defending RCMP

Heather Friesen spent the morning handing out flyers around city hall calling out the mayor

Batten down the hatches: Wet and windy weekend on the way for coastal B.C.

Environment Canada issues special weather warning for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island

BC Liquor Stores to move fully to paper bags by March

Vancouver Island to be the first to convert to paper bags in November

Tolko shuts B.C. divisions for two weeks over holidays

Head office to close from Dec. 23-27; two weeks’ downtime runs Dec. 21-Jan. 6

B.C. government working with RCMP to address $10 million in budget cuts

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth issues statement following report of RCMP cost-cutting

Port Moody mayor says stayed sex assault charge related to ‘awkward date’

Rob Vagramov said charge was related to a string of dates in 2015

UBC conference draws fire over speaker from Chinese tech company blacklisted in U.S.

The company that has been blacklisted by the U.S. over links to the repression of China’s Muslim minority

Use of force deemed justifiable in arrest of suspect after snowy chase near Nanaimo

Independent Investigation Office of B.C. reports on incident from late last winter

Most Read