Activities and Projects 2012 – 2015
Mobile Estuary Exhibition
Symposium “Expected Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Communities and Estuaries`
Perception Poll Cowichan Estuary
Breaching Cowichan Causeway
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
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)
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 .
Mariners Island Salt Marsh Rehabilitation
Herring Habitat Enhancement
CERCA and Island Savings First Fund-raising Dinner and Art Auction
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.
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
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.
The proposed trail will address a wide spectrum of target groups including schools, Universities, birder community, artists, and recreational walkers
Salmon smolt monitoring at both sides of the new Causeway Bridge is an essential follow-up to the completed breaching of the Causeway
Cowichan Estuary and Floodplain Habitat Mapping
Blue Carbon Research
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
Carbon stored in estuaries, coastal areas and by our oceans is commonly referred to as “Blue Carbon” .