Should Cowichan Lake store more water for a longer time?
Will better bucket control reduce the risk of the Cowichan River running dry?
The provincial government is prepared to take a close look at the idea.
The ministry of Natural Resources is considering a new plan for controlling water levels in Cowichan Lake. A public meeting has been scheduled for March 9 in Lake Cowichan to present it and gather public feedback.
Sparked by the Cowichan Valley Regional District in response to last year’s near-drought, the change would effectively use the weir to store more water in the lake longer.
The CVRD is asking storage to be increased by 20 centimetres above current June and July levels, and extending the latest possible date to begin drawdown from July 9 until the end of the month.
The public meeting is set for the Lake Cowichan Centennial Hall at 10 a.m.