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Pollsters want your Cowichan Bay perceptions

The University of Victoria is polling Cowichan Bay residents about their perceptions of the estuary. - John McKinley/file
The University of Victoria is polling Cowichan Bay residents about their perceptions of the estuary.
— image credit: John McKinley/file

A knock on the door may be delivering a path to the future for Cowichan Bay residents this week.

The Cowichan Estuary Restoration and Conservation Association has joined forces with the University of Victoria for what is being called the Cowichan Bay Perception Poll.

According to CERCA chairman Goetz Schuerholz, questionnaires were expected to be delivered to 250 Cowichan Bay homes early this week focused on what it means to live close to the seashore, and returned by the end of the month.

"The results of the perception poll will provide a sound basis for local development, a clear vision on the future of Cowichan Bay and its estuary, and guidance on wise land- and resource use in the target area, in particular with respect to expected impacts of climate change on local communities, estuaries and floodplains," Schuerholz said in a press release.

The survey has been designed jointly by UVIC's Geography Department and CERCA, covering a mix of questions generic to Vancouver Island and issues typical for Cowichan Bay.

"UVIC and CERCA encourage the selected residents to take active part in this locally important survey which will provide a unique opportunity for you to have your voice heard," Schuerholz said.

A drop box for the completed forms will be  located at the Cowichan Bay Inn reception desk. Those taking part can enter a prize draw supplied by several business operators of Cowichan Bay village.

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