Using Data to Manage Watershed Risks

Estimated Read Time: 5 Minutes How can we make better land management decisions? Climate change is expected to result in considerable changes to streamflow. Effects will differ from year to year and in different types of watersheds. While precipitation is projected to increase in the wet season and decrease in the dry season, on average,…

What is the Cowichan Housing Association?

The Cowichan Housing Association (CHA) was established in 2015, under the BC Non-Profit Society Act. It emerged from the work of the Regional Affordable Housing Directorate under the umbrella of Social Planning Cowichan. What Does the CHA Do? The CHA is a regional organization that works to improve affordable housing at all levels of the…

Climate Change in our Region: Preparing for the New Normal

Estimated Read Time: 7 Minutes We are already experiencing a “new normal” of summer drought and winter flooding in the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD).  We need to prepare for hotter, drier summers, wetter winters, and more frequent, intense storms.  Our changing climate may impact our clean drinking water, landscaping and gardens, food and wine…

What Have We Heard So Far?

Estimated Read Time: 11 Minutes. As we lead up to the Local Government Election Referenda on October 20, 2018, the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has hosted three public information events to date. The first event began in Lake Cowichan on September 19, followed by a Ladysmith event on September 24, and an event in…

Affordable Housing in a Changing Context

The political and economic context for affordable housing in British Columbia has changed dramatically since the Second World War and especially over the past 30 years. Municipal policy frameworks have historically operated under the assumption that affordable housing would be the off-shoot of a private development or development funded by a senior level of government….

Is Our Drinking Water at Risk?

Estimated Read Time: 8 minutes. Climate change, aging infrastructure, development pressures, and community growth all impact our watersheds, which consequently impact our water supply and water quality. The proposed Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Service aims to protect our water through monitoring, planning, and prevention of impacts. Where does our water come from?  Drinking water…

Affordable Housing: Framing the Current Need in the Cowichan Valley

Estimated Read Time: 9 minutes. We know that escalating housing prices make affordability a concern for residents across the income spectrum. For people with lower incomes, it is an issue of basic quality of life and health. The high cost of housing, and the unavailability of cheaper forms of housing, touches every community within the…

Our Region, Our Future

Estimated Read Time: 10 minutes. During the October 20 municipal election, the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) will be asking the public to make an informed decisions on two new services being proposed for the Cowichan Valley Regional District: Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Service. Cowichan Housing Association Annual Financial Contribution Service The people of…