Weir ready to start doing its job starting next week
The Cowichan River’s ability to run wild and free will come to an abrupt end Monday.
Catalyst has announced its intention to put the squeeze on the water flowing out of Cowichan Lake March 11 by reactivating the weir.
According to a Catalyst media release, weir operation will gradually reduce water flow from the lake into the Cowichan River to the target flow set by the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
Due to mechanical issues, the Cowichan Lake boat lock, which allows boats to travel between the lake and the river, will not be available for boat traffic due to repairs to address the excessive noise created when operating the boat lock gates.
The boat lock will remain out of service and not passable until March 29.
Meanwhile, a public meeting is set for the Lake Cowichan Centennial Hall at 10 a.m. to discuss a proposal to effectively use the weir to store more water in the lake longer.