Projects

Activities and Projects 2012 – 2015

Completed Activities

Mobile Estuary Exhibition

Symposium “Expected Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Communities and Estuaries`

Perception Poll Cowichan Estuary

Breaching Cowichan Causeway

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The Cowichan Estuary Restoration and Conservation Association developed the basic concept of a mobile estuary exhibition in March 2013. In search of a suitable partner for implementing this ambitious project contacts were established with the Royal BC Museum which subsequently choose CERCA as a model citizen group for the Museum’s recently established extension program

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SUMMARY of SYMPOSIUM

on Expected Impacts of Climate Change

on Coastal Communities and Estuaries

June 14, 2014

Organized by the

Cowichan Estuary Restoration and Conservation Association (CERCA)

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Cowichan Bay Perception Poll

 Design and Implementation by UVIC and CERCA, implemented between 18th of January and 1st of February 2014

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The project focuses on breaching the man-made dyke located in the centre of the Cowichan Bay estuary effectively dividing the estuary into two sections thus preventing proper ecosystem functioning and severely impacting wetland/estuary hydrology .

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Mariners Island Salt Marsh Rehabilitation

Herring Habitat Enhancement

CERCA and Island Savings First Fund-raising Dinner and Art Auction

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The salt marsh rehabilitation of Mariners Island had been identified as a priority project resulting from the comprehensive participatory SWOT analysis implemented by CERCA in 2012.

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On Saturday March 28, 2015 we celebrated the completion of the “Breaching the Dyke“ Project. The breach is now spanned by a double -lane bridge which facilitates the traffic to the Westcan Terminal.

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CERCA and Island Savings First Fund-raising Dinner and Art Auction

CERCA in partnership with Island Savings, CERCA’s official Corporate Sponsor

 

organized and implemented a formal fund-raising dinner and art auction in support of two of CERCA’s planned priority projects in the Cowichan Estuary

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Review of Activities and Projects 2016

Activities completed                                                           READ MORE

Activities in Progress                                                          READ MORE

Causeway Slough Rehabilitation

Cowichan Estuary Nature Trail Open-Air Classroom

Salmon Smolt Monitoring

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The proposed rehabilitation of the two-acres slough located half way along the trail is an integral part of the Estuary Nature Trail Project trail project . As a “stand-alone“ project it requires separate funding which we hopefully receive from the Ministry of Environment’s Wetland Fund.

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The proposed trail will address a wide spectrum of target groups including schools, Universities, birder community, artists, and recreational walkers

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Salmon smolt monitoring at both sides of the new Causeway Bridge is an essential follow-up to the completed breaching of the Causeway

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Cowichan Estuary and Floodplain Habitat Mapping

Blue Carbon Research

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CERCA is in the initial stages of planning a GIS-based large-scale habitat mapping project (scale of 1:1000) of the Cowichan Estuary in preparation of a larger scale carbon sequestration project with focus on the “mudflats“ and adjacent salt marshes

 

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Carbon stored in estuaries, coastal areas and by our oceans is commonly referred to as “Blue Carbon” .

 

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On-Going Issues

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