The summer is coming are you prepared to reduce your fire risk?
The warm weather seems to be finally here. Everyone is excited to enjoy our outdoor and summer activities. As much as we look forward to enjoying long summer days, the prospect of warm weather also brings on an anxiety around forest fires near and afar. Firesmart is a program to educate home owners on protecting their property and reducing their fire risk. The Cowichan Valley Regional District Firesmart Team along with our local Fire department are working hard to help educate residents on Firesmart principles and practices. I have helped organize two meetings in June for the community to learn from the Firesmart team directly, with time for discussion and questions. I hope you will join us for this important information night.
Firesmart Information Townhalls; The presentation will be about making your homes and properties more resilient to the threat of fire.
Tuesday June 14th at the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre at 7pm
Wednesday June 22nd at the Hub in Cowichan Station at 7pm
What’s new at the CVRD;
The continuous dumping of soil in South Shawnigan results in erosion that contributes a significant amount of sediment into the lake during the rainy season. (On some days the southend of the lake can even be seen to turn chocolate brown.) All this sediment has an impact on water quality and increases the growth of vegetation in the lake, including the invasive Eurasian Water Milfoil (for information on Milfoil removal please refer to thesra.ca/milfoil.) This year at the CVRD Board table we were able to change the zoning to no longer permit soil dumping on forestry land. There are a few remaining permits in operation but moving forward we should be able to decrease the soil dumping activity considerably.
Currently the Shawnigan Basin Society receives $10k/year from the CVRD Watershed Protection Program for water testing and characterization. On going testing and collection of this data is important for the program and it is also a valuable resource in better understanding the impacts of the current soil dumping. (Unfortunately soil dumping can not be completely prohibited as it is a provincial matter, but the CVRD has tried to limit where it can occur.)
There was a recent referendum topic approved by the CVRD Board regarding a switch to a Regional Recreation funding model. This will be coming to the poles in the fall. The CVRD will be asking if you support a user based funding model. There will be more information on this coming soon.
Planyourcowichan.ca is the hub for all community input on CVRD topics. The CVRD is looking for input on many topics as we are a region that needs to be prepared to preserve, complement and sustain a viable future. (Expect community information to be mailed to your residence). Please connect if you would like help organizing a neighbourhood input session or if I can help in any way. Have a great summer Shawnigan Lake!
As always happy to connect, Sierra.Acton@cvrd.bc.ca