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Future of Cowichan River the topic of Tuesday's speaker at VIU

Gus Harris tries his luck in the Cowichan River. The threatened river is the topic of preservation conversation Tuesday at VIU. - Peter W. Rusland
Gus Harris tries his luck in the Cowichan River. The threatened river is the topic of preservation conversation Tuesday at VIU.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

Cowichan River's precarious future will be discussed at length during Tuesday's guest speaker at VIU's Cowichan campus.

UVic professor Dr. Richard Hebda will be hosted by the Cowichan Watershed Board and VIU at 7 p.m. in the campus' lecture theatre.

Hebda is first in a monthly series of speakers hiking awareness and understanding about the wonders of the Cowichan watershed — and issues needing work to support the heritage river's resilience, the board's Rodger Hunter explains.

The series' first speaker Hebda, curator of Botany and Earth History at the Royal B.C. Museum, and adjunct professor at UVic.

His timely topic is Nearing The Tipping Point: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for the Cowichan Watershed.

The river is the focus of ongoing control jockeying between Victoria, and valley stakeholders — including the Cowichan Tribes, and permit holders the Crofton pulp mill — concerned about fish spawning flows, human use, and other environmental factors affecting Cowichan's main waterway.

 

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