New Weir Will Keep Cowichan River Flowing

POLIS celebrates partnership and collaboration at official funding announcement

Published On: March 28th, 2024

On March 22nd, POLIS’ Oliver M. Brandes and Bridget McGlynn attended a World Water Day event on the shores of Cowichan Lake to celebrate the provincial government’s commitment of $14 million to support Cowichan Tribes in its initiative to replace the 74-year-old Cowichan Lake weir. A new, higher weir will help ensure the Cowichan River continues to flow and provide a safe and reliable water supply for people, businesses, the environment, and wildlife.

Premier David Eby and Cowichan Tribes Chief Cindy Daniels made the announcement, alongside Honorable Minister Nathan Cullen and Aaron Stone, chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District. They spoke of the importance of partnership in reaching this milestone.

“It’s no surprise to me that the Cowichan Watershed Board, Cowichan Tribes, Cowichan Valley Regional District [and] local governments have all partnered here together, because of the unifying nature of the river,” said Premier David Eby.

The upgraded weir will raise water storage levels by 70cm, which will allow more water to be stored in wetter months and released in a controlled way to protect critical flows and aquatic habitat in the Cowichan River in times of drought.

“Working together, we can adapt to these changes and ensure a more positive future for our river, our salmon, our people and future generations,” said Chief Cindy Daniels.

Members of the POLIS team are long-term advisors to the Cowichan Watershed Board and have been advisors to Cowichan Tribes and the provincial government during the Xwulqw’selu watershed planning process. Oliver and Bridget were honoured to represent POLIS to celebrate the weir announcement and the beginning of a new phase of work.

More Information

Province supports new weir to keep Cowichan River flowing (BC Gov News, Mar 22, 2024)

Cowichan weir funding announcement celebrates collaboration and partnership (The Discourse, Mar 28, 2024)