Water

A water main break occurred at the corner of Joan Avenue and Queen Street in Crofton. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Leaky situations happen in Crofton

Natural gas line rupture followed by a water main break

 

Sunny day at Kin Beach. (Photo by Don Bodger)

August brings some heat relief, but only minimal rainfall

Chemainus and Thetis Island monthly totals paltry compared to the norm

 

Much of southern B.C. remains under drought conditions (B.C. Drought Map/B.C. Drought Information Portal)

B.C. urged to conserve water as drought conditions persist through summer’s end

Recent rains have alleviated drought conditions in some parts of B.C., but severe drought remains

 

Stocking Lake is the open water source for the Saltair water system that requires a filtration system under the Province of BC drinking water regulations. (Photo submitted)

Saltair water system filtration grant successful

Considerable reduction in costs of treatment upgrades for taxpayers

Stocking Lake is the open water source for the Saltair water system that requires a filtration system under the Province of BC drinking water regulations. (Photo submitted)
Numerous logs provide a dam on one section of the Chemainus River. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Forests and watersheds: status quo not going to cut it anymore

Knowledge keeper speaks many languages surrounding science-based management vs. clear-cutting

Numerous logs provide a dam on one section of the Chemainus River. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Water use on the Koksilah River has been curtailed again this year due to critically low water flows. (File photo)

Cowichan’s Koksilah River flows hit critical level, B.C. orders some to turn off taps

Water use curtailed for industrial purposes, as well as for irrigation of forage crops

Water use on the Koksilah River has been curtailed again this year due to critically low water flows. (File photo)
Letter to the editor.

Time to reconsider priorities and start a new philosophy of responsible natural resource use

Industry being allowed continuing access to fresh water quite environmentally irresponsible

  • Aug 5, 2021
Letter to the editor.
Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal government reaches nearly $8B deal with First Nations on drinking water suit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in 2015 to lift all drinking water advisories by this March

Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The weir at Cowichan Lake will be used to reduce the flow of water from Cowichan Lake into the Cowichan River due to drought conditions. (Citizen file)

Catalyst reducing water flow into Cowichan River due to drought

Catalyst confirms cubic metres per second going down to 5.5 by Friday

The weir at Cowichan Lake will be used to reduce the flow of water from Cowichan Lake into the Cowichan River due to drought conditions. (Citizen file)
Most of eastern Vancouver Island is in the red at Drought Level 4. (B.C. Drought Information Portal)

Cowichan on Stage 3 water restrictions due to Drought Level 4

Low spring rainfall amounts and extreme heat wave to blame for early summer drought

Most of eastern Vancouver Island is in the red at Drought Level 4. (B.C. Drought Information Portal)
Section of the Chemainus River off the Trans Canada Highway. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus River watershed on the list of concerns for water scarcity and drought

East Vancouver Island Basin already at Drought Level 4

Section of the Chemainus River off the Trans Canada Highway. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The midnight sun shines over the ice-covered waters near Resolute Bay at 1:30 am as seen from the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent Saturday, July 12, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canada has 20% of the world’s freshwater reserves — this is how to protect it

Researchers suggest the need for a Canada Water Agency dedicated to water management across the country

  • May 1, 2021
The midnight sun shines over the ice-covered waters near Resolute Bay at 1:30 am as seen from the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent Saturday, July 12, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Letters to the Editor.

A call for a Blue Recovery

World Water Day a time to celebrate our shared waters and raise awareness of freshwater issues

  • Mar 22, 2021
Letters to the Editor.
Designs for a new weir in Lake Cowichan call for a walkway over the top of the weir, as pictured in this graphic. (Courtesy of the CVRD)

Location of new weir at Cowichan Lake determined to be suitable

Design supported by the public, says project manager

  • Mar 16, 2021
Designs for a new weir in Lake Cowichan call for a walkway over the top of the weir, as pictured in this graphic. (Courtesy of the CVRD)
The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)

Conservation inspects more than 600 B.C. stores for invasive mussels

Since found to be sold in Washington, two B.C. residents find invasive mussels within product

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Letters to the Editor.
Letters to the Editor.
FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2018, file photo, former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his State of the State address at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Former Gov. Snyder, Nick Lyon, former director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and other ex-officials have been told they’re being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in 2014-15, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

Michigan plans to charge ex-governor in Flint lead-contaminated water scandal

Flint water scandal devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2018, file photo, former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his State of the State address at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Former Gov. Snyder, Nick Lyon, former director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and other ex-officials have been told they’re being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in 2014-15, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)
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B.C. paramedics urge caution as summer drowning incidents on the rise in 2020

On average, 67 per cent of B.C.’s water-related deaths occur during June, July and August

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Residents enjoy water activities at Saratoga beach near Campbell River. Lifesaving Society, a non-profit that aims to reduce water-related deaths urges citizens to be cautious and mindful of safety measures. Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror

With 18 drowning deaths in B.C this year, advocates urge caution during summer

The age group with the highest risk of drowning are young adults, mostly males between 20-34 according to Lifesaving Society

Residents enjoy water activities at Saratoga beach near Campbell River. Lifesaving Society, a non-profit that aims to reduce water-related deaths urges citizens to be cautious and mindful of safety measures. Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror
The fields across from Russell Farm Market & Garden Centre. The weather has been perfect for growing an abundance of crops, with a mix of sun and cloud throughout the past month. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Weather playing guessing games

Remember those near zero precipitation totals of July 2017 and ‘18?

The fields across from Russell Farm Market & Garden Centre. The weather has been perfect for growing an abundance of crops, with a mix of sun and cloud throughout the past month. (Photo by Don Bodger)