Deep Dive

Environment

We hear you. The Cowichan Valley’s natural environment is a big part of what makes this place special. But the Cowichan environment is changing. You’ve told us your concerns about water, flooding, fire, drought and climate change. You have questions about land development, agriculture and forestry.

Reporter Jacqueline Ronson and The Discourse Cowichan team is here to go deeper than the daily news to give you the information you need to navigate this changing environment.

Catalyst Paper water pipeline being replaced. Cowichan.

Is Catalyst Paper’s water pipeline leaking?

'We don't have any leaks. We have the risk of catastrophic failure' says environment manager.

Cowichan River flows are low due to drought

Everything you need to know about drought, water restrictions and the Cowichan weir

What is going on with water in the Cowichan Valley this summer? Key questions, answered.

What questions do you have about the Cowichan environment?

Tell us here.

Is this what a climate emergency looks like?

Cowichan’s drought shows that climate change impacts are here and now.

5 things to know about Cowichan’s water referendum

The Cowichan Valley Regional District says a vote in favour will ensure we have enough of the water we love.

Who pays for Cowichan water?

It’s why we live here. No wonder the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s referendum on water is bringing up big questions.

VIDEO: Summer droughts and winter floods have gone from rare to common in Cowichan Valley, B.C.

The community heads to the polls to vote on a water referendum this October.

Tree love has deep roots in the Cowichan Valley

A little tree hugging is good for you, too