Collaborative Perseverance Creek land purchase expands Cumberland Community Forest

Thanks to an innovative partnership between conservation organizations, local governments and a private timber company, over 225 acres of additional forested land was acquired in the Perseverance Creek watershed for the protection of forest and community drinking water in the Comox Valley. Of the $2.5 million required for this purchase, the CVRD contributed $750,000 towards the project.

This major additional land purchase for the Cumberland Community Forest in the Village of Cumberland was completed in September 2020, and was championed by the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS). This is an important area because of the creek system that runs through it - Perseverance Creek is a salmon bearing tributary of Comox Lake, the drinking water supply for over 45,000 Comox Valley residents. The protection of the Valley’s drinking water is the responsibility of the CVRD and the purchase was supported as part of Comox Lake Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) recommendations.

Related Links and Staff Reports

September 24, 2020 - News Release
September 12, 2019 Staff Report - CCFS Request for Land Acquisition Funds

Comox Lake Watershed Protection Plan

In 2016 the CVRD published the Comox Lake Watershed Protection Plan (WPP). 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.

The plan was developed through collaboration between landowners an managers, local government, industry, conservation organizations and Island Health. This plan identifies risks to the watershed and makes recommendations on how to reduce these risks. Ultimately, it recognizes that high quality drinking water is produced by a healthy ecosystem. Its implementation is overseen by a multi-stakeholder round table called the Watershed Advisory Group.

Watershed Protection Plan achievements to date include:  

  • Water quality monitoring
  • Hydrodynamic modeling
  • Emergency preparedness and response planning
  • Stakeholder collaboration
  • Cabin wastewater management improvements
  • Land protection at Coal Beach and Perseverance Creek
  • Cooperative signage and education projects
  • Municipal Natural Assets Initiative
  • Connected by Water public education initiatives and K-12 curriculum

Watch this short video to learn more about how the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is protecting our watershed for future generations:

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.

Comox Lake Watershed Protection Plan

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