There are other options for protecting our water supply

Re: Couverdon land annexation and watershed lands

There are other options for protecting our water supply


Re:  Couverdon land annexation and watershed lands

The Town Council wants to own the Holland Creek Watershed to protect our water supply.

Protection of water quality and quantity is an excellent objective. They are commended for their concern and intent.

But they are so focused on this objective, they are not able to see other ways to achieve this end.  There are other ways that are not so costly and risky.

Home owners know that that there are significant ongoing costs and responsibilities that go along with ownership. It will be the taxpayers of Ladysmith that pick up future costs for the care and management of lands acquired as part of the Couverdon deal.

These costs have not been documented. Residents need to know what future burden they will be taking on. It is a simple part of rational decision making.

So let’s look at another option: managed forest land.

I believe that water quality and quantity can be maintained in a manner compatible with forestry. Our  current  forest practices  are the problem.

Forest road construction can be a huge issue but when done to the appropriate standards can be built and used without adding sediment to our streams, or changing the timing and quantity of flow.

Forest practices such as: selective cutting, small block cutting, retention of areas around wetlands and for habitat, appropriate stream buffers, recognition and accommodation of other uses, replanting, thinning, etc., all help to maintain water quality and quantity.

So rather than simply focusing on ownership with its high and uncertain future costs, why not look at partnering with TimberWest, First Nations, and the Province for more effective planning and operations within the watershed to meet these goals.

This seems like a much more effective and cost-efficient approach rather than acquiring land in exchange for the rights given to Couverdon to develop 700 acres of forest land for residential development.

The Couverdon and Town proposal creates an ironic situation.

The Couverdon development will significantly change 700 acres of watershed to residential use (not our drinking water but a watershed nevertheless) and will likely take water demand beyond the capacity of the Holland Creek system. The irony: it defeats the goal of protecting the watershed in the first place.

Council, I encourage you to look at other ways of achieving the objective. As said before, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

The Town may yet decide to proceed to a referendum.

If you are interested in the impacts of this proposed development on our community, you can follow developments or post your thoughts on the Facebook page Couverdon Watch. Look back at the many posts (started in late April) that document the failings of the Couverdon proposal.

If you are concerned with this proposal and would like to get  involved to help defeat a referendum, let us know at

Greg Roberts




Just Posted

Hometown actress Georgia Bennett makes it big in Little Women

Homegrown actress drawing rave reviews for her portrayal of Beth March

VIDEO: Newcomers join favourites in rounding out Sunfest’s amazing lineup for 2019

The Washboard Union, Cody Johnson, Mitchell Tenpenny, Aaron Goodvin: it just gets better and better

Descoteau’s mother, girlfriend reflect on tribulations of murder trial

Friends a strong support system in getting through testimony details

Another mill artifact finds a place in Chemainus museum

Famous door salvaged from storage holds a special significance for former manager Dobson

Strong winds to hit B.C.’s south coast

Western regions may see winds of up to 80 km/hr

VIDEO: Ex-NASA engineer pranks mail thieves with glitter bomb trap

Package thefts are common this time of year, but YouTuber Mark Rober used his engineering skills

Bear cubs try to take Vancouver Island woman’s Christmas cookies

Incident happened in the early-morning hours today, Dec. 18, in Nanaimo

FortisBC says you can return to normal gas use following pipeline fire

Utility says increased pipeline capacity, warmer weather have allowed supply to reach normal levels

CSIS collected info on peaceful groups, but only in pursuit of threats: watchdog

Security Intelligence Review Committee says fears unjustified after reviewing evidence, testimony

Canada ranks 16th on annual gender gap list

This is the second year Canada has placed 16th in the World Economic Forum’s list

VIDEO: Tornado rips through city west of Seattle

Reports indicate five to seven homes damaged in Port Orchard, Wash.

Trial date postponed for man charged with killing Abbotsford police officer

Oscar Arfmann’s trial pushed back from January to May 2019

Privacy watchdog says legal cannabis buyers should use cash, not credit

Some countries could bar entry to individuals if they know they have purchased cannabis

‘A start:’ Alberta critical of Ottawa’s $1.6B package for ailing energy sector

A further $150 million is to be used for clean growth and infrastructure projects

Most Read