Weir long overdue, critical project

This protracted date is shocking but understandable given years of foot-dragging

Weir long overdue, critical project

Dear CVRD Chairman Aaron Stone and directors:

After bringing myself to current speed — thanks to information kindly sent to me by Chairman Stone — about plans to study then build a new weir controlling Cowichan River flows, I was alarmed to learn the projected construction date is 2024.

That’s at least four years down the road, fraught with sizzling summers of river drying that potentially could kill salmon spawning in our heritage river and decimate tourism, wildlife habitat and more.

This protracted date is shocking but understandable given years of foot-dragging by the CVRD, Catalyst Cowichan, Victoria and the feds concerning river flows in the face of climate change.

We are now seeing sorry results of all talk and no action, until recently, regarding a new weir that could also see delays and overruns.

However, I fully applaud all efforts by the Cowichan Tribes and river stakeholders on the eco-front lines of saving salmon and much more.

Exactly how much our new weir will cost taxpayers and others is pending.

Frankly, I am praying Mother Nature continues to save our precious river during these coming hot years until the new weir is finally built.

Thanks again for the weir update and I look forward to more news as this long-overdue, critical project continues.

Peter W. Rusland

Duncan

Letters

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

Just Posted

Motorists should expect periodic delays and detours on Chemainus and River Roads

Work on corridor upgrade project to intensify in the weeks ahead

Prescribed burn for the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve

Between Sept. 27 and Oct. 9, if and when site and weather conditions become favourable.

Business notes: Cowichan Valley Wine Festival deemed a success this year

Here are some of the notable things happening in Cowichan’s business community

Cowichan Valley residents can help mark World Alzheimer’s Month

Two-part online discussion series called “Demystifying advocacy” on Sept. 28 and 29

B.C.’s top doctor thanks supporters after revealing threats over COVID-19 measures

Dr. Bonnie Henry says COVID-19 has caused some people to lash out in anger and frustration out of fear

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

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

NDP, Greens divided on pace of child care improvements in B.C. election campaign

NDP Leader John Horgan recommitted to $10-a-day child care and blamed the Greens for not supporting his efforts

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

BC Liberal Leader talks drug addiction in the Lower Mainland

Drug addiction and public safety a top priority says Andrew Wilkinson

Island RCMP remind drivers not to text after 19 tickets handed out in 90 minutes

The $368 fines were handed out Tuesday on Norwell Drive and Old Island Highway in Nanaimo

Vanderhoof’s Brian Frenkel takes on top job in tough times

We can get through this, new local government leader says

Three years for serial bank robber who hit southern Vancouver Island branch

Lucas Bradwell was wanted for robberies in Abbotsford, Sidney and Vancouver

Most Read