Rebuilding the Cowichan River

September 10, 2006 By: Marshall Cutchin

Moldy Chum picked up this article in the Globe and Mail about the restoration and rehabilitation of one of Canada’s most important salmon-producing rivers. “Rising in a great lake that bears the same name, the Cowichan enjoys steady flows year round thanks to a small weir built at the river outlet that holds back water during the rainy winter months, releasing it slowly over the long, hot summers. Below the lake, the cool water provides ideal spawning habitat, and studies have shown 85 per cent of salmon eggs in the upper river survive to hatch.”