With the date set, stewards of the Cowichan Lake and River are preparing for their first ever Annual General Meeting.
To take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 24, at the Lower Centennial Hall, the Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Annual General Meeting will open with a summary of the past two years’ worth of efforts.
Each sub-committee chair will speak to their accomplishments.
Water traffic sub-committee: Diana Gunderson will speak to bylaw enforcement, river signage, and looking foward.
“The river is much better, and there is optimism that tubers have got the message,” she said, during a meeting last week wherein members prepared for the Annual General Meeting.
Water quality and fisheries: Gerald Thom will speak to various water quality and fisheries studies and assessments that have been done.
Water levels: Brook Hodson will summarize their efforts to draw up time lines of water levels, and the many factors that could change water levels, and the potential effects of changing said levels.
Public access and riparian: Jean Atkinson will talk about discussions they’ve had with the Ministry of Transportation to allow public access to Cowichan Lake, and the difficulty there’s been in enforcing riparian regulations.
Education: Jean Atkinson will speak to the education component of the society, which includes the humorous sign project recently installed for tubers along the Cowichan River.
River cleanup: Lois Atkinson will inform the public about the annual River Cleanup, to take place Saturday, August 27.
Treasurer’s Report: Gerald Thom will fill those attending the meeting in on how the society is doing, financially.
Elections will then be held, as all current members of the executive are interim.
This is the society’s first Annual General Meeting, as they only recently upgraded from a committee to a society status.