Officials sound alarm over low Cowichan River Levels

James Goldie, Cowichan Valley Citizen, May 20, 2016

The Cowichan River is in danger of drying up this year, and Catalyst Paper Corporation, which controls the flow of water through the Cowichan Lake weir, has begun reducing the outflow of water in order to keep that from happening.

It may seem counter intuitive — reducing the flow of water out of the lake at a time when creeks and tributaries are already drying up — but if the outgoing water isn’t slowed down now, what’s held back by the weir in storage will be tapped out by the beginning of July.

According to Cheri Ayers, co-chair of the Cowichan Watershed Board’s Flows and Fish working group, the situation is dire.

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