Current Project Work

Under the guidance of Aqua-Tex, Comox Lake Watershed Advisory Group (WAG) has met and reviewed previously identified risks to the water source.  The risks have changed since the initial risk identification was conducted in 2006, largely because the intake for the drinking water source will be changing from the current intake on the Puntledge River, to a new deep water intake in Comox Lake, by the end of the year 2017. 

The development of Drinking Water Safety Plans (DWSPs) is a proactive approach to assessing risk to drinking water quality that is gaining momentum worldwide. Following this approach, the Aqua-Tex team and the WAG are using the methods and framework of DWSPs, in particular the risk rating scheme, to develop a source water risk assessment for the Comox Lake reservoir.  The WAG will have additional meetings to come to agreement on the “desired future condition” for the watershed and begin to define available management tools, based on both legislated authority and good neighbor willingness to participate, and then to finalize the management tools and i

The progress of this project to-date includes:

  1. May 9th, 2014 – Comox Lake watershed tour hosted by TimberWest Attendees: CVRD, Aqua-Tex, TimberWest
  2. May 29th and 30th, 2014 – Creeks & Communities Workshop Hosted by Aqua-Tex Groups represented at the workshop: CVRD, Village of Cumberland, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Island Health, Morrison Creek Streamkeepers, K’omoks First Nation, Comox Valley Conservation Strategy Community Partnership, Water Watch Coalition, the Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association, Project Watershed and TimberWest. (Photo: courtesy of of Aqua-Tex Scientific Consulting, Ltd.).

  3. June 24th, 2014 – The Comox Valley Regional District Board approved the formation of a Watershed Advisory Group (WAG) to provide technical advice during the development, and oversee the implementation, of the watershed protection plan Member Groups: CVRD, Village of Cumberland, Island Health, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Ministry of Environment, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, BC Parks, BC Hydro, K’omoks First Nation, TimberWest, Island Timberlands, Hancock Timber Resource Group, Courtenay and District Fish and Game Protective Association, Comox Lake Land Corporation, Comox Valley Conservation Strategy Community Partnership

4. June 27th, 2014 – Inaugural meeting of the WAG

5. July 22nd, 2014 – Second meeting of the WAG.  During this meeting, members went through a risk assessment update based on the plan to develop a deep water intake in Comox Lake for the Comox Valley water system.