The Comox Lake Watershed
The Comox Lake watershed is a beautiful and complex system of mountains, lakes, rivers, and creeks. Like all watersheds, all of the water within this area ends up in the same place -- Comox Lake.
Large watersheds, such as the Comox Lake Watershed, are made up of a series of smaller watersheds or “sub-watersheds”. The Cruikshank watershed, Perseverance Creek watershed, Upper Puntledge River watershed, Beech Creek watershed and Pearce Creek watershed are examples of sub-watersheds in the larger Comox Lake Watershed.
The Comox Lake watershed has many functions. The watershed provides critical habitat for fish and wildlife. It also supplies drinking water to over 45,000 people in Comox and Courtenay via the Comox Lake Drinking Water System and to 3,700 people in Cumberland from the Cumberland Creek and Perseverance Creek sub-watersheds. A large portion of the watershed is privately owned and managed for timber supply. And, Comox Lake itself is a reservoir controlled by BC Hydro for power generation.
High quality drinking water is produced by a healthy, properly functioning ecosystem. Clean water is the outcome of watershed-scale and riparian processes that capture, store and release water while simultaneously reducing or removing suspended sediments, bacteria, viruses, parasites and excess nutrients.
Protecting our drinking water requires two important steps: treating the water and protecting the source. The area of land that drains into Comox Lake is approximately 461 square kilometres, and the majority is privately owned. Much of the area is also K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) traditional territories. Balancing interests such as private ownership, traditional use, active logging, recreation, and hydroelectric power generation, while providing drinking water and sustaining critical fish and wildlife habitat, is a long-term endeavour.
Watch this short video to learn more about how the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is protecting our watershed for future generations.
Comox Lake Watershed Protection Plan
Our Watershed Protection Plan recognizes that high quality drinking water is produced by a healthy ecosystem. Its objective is to guide the management of the Comox Lake Watershed for the long-term protection of drinking water at the highest possible quality.
Watershed Protection Plan Achievements:
- Water quality monitoring
- Education initiatives
- Hydrodynamic modelling
- Emergency preparedness
- Stakeholder collaboration
Connected by Water
Connected by Water is a community engagement project to build capacity, connection, and community in support of watershed protection and water conservation in the Comox Valley.
There are four phases of the Connected by Water project, inspired by the water cycle and laid out in the project vision: inputs, capacity building, action, and legacy. Through building understanding of how we as a community are connected by water, the ultimate goal of the project is collaborative effort to ensure the health and long term viability of our communities through using drinking water wisely and protecting the source of our drinking water, the Comox Lake watershed.
Connected by Water is currently in the capacity building phase, and we are creating tools and resources to share information about watershed protection and water conservation.
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