Better managment needed for the weir at Cowichan Lake

Raising the weir would not help anything if the water was just let out without any thought

Better managment needed for the weir at Cowichan Lake

It’s my feeling that had the weir been shut off at the beginning of March we wouldn’t have been put in the situation we were in.

I have pictures of our property over the winter and the lake was just as far up as it usually is each year. Had the weir been shut much earlier, we definitely would have found ourselves at a lower point than normal due to the lack of rainfall, but I don’t think it would have been down as low as it was.

In today’s age of special weather reading, the weir could have been shut much earlier and if there was a significant “wet” weather pattern coming in, then it could have been opened for a while to accomodate the rainfall. This didn’t happen though and we found ourselves with a big problem!

In saying this, I feel that raising the weir would not help anything if the water was just let out without any thought. It would just take a few more weeks to get back to the low level we’re at now. I’m not for or against raising the weir, I just think that better management is required. Because of the changing weather patterns, control of the weir should not have any mandated dates as to when to open and close them — simple logic should prevail, knowing when we’ll have rain systems coming in and when there aren’t any in sight.

My thoughts on the whole problem.

Orton Ker

Lake Cowichan

Just Posted

Duncan Sikh community marks founder’s 550th birthday

Guru Nanak is revered as founder of Sikhism

Victoria event celebrates 100 years of Indian settlement in Canada

The event will be held at Victoria City Hall from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Drivesmart column: Is it safe to open your door?

He parked at the side of the road, opened his door, and a passing car tried to tear it off!

Gogo Band rings in the new year in Crofton with high-energy show

Osborne Bay Pub favourites return to provide the party atmosphere

Robert Barron column: There are heroes among us

The five men who I saw bundled up and sped away in ambulances tried their best to save him

VIDEO: ‘Holiday Magic’ when Celtic Rhythms and Summit Dance joined forces in Duncan

Fun and frolic combined with more serious selections to make a satisfying evening for everyone

B.C. universities post $340 million worth of surpluses thanks to international student tuition

Students call for spending as international enrolment produces huge surpluses at many universities

Conservatives urge Morneau to deliver ‘urgent’ fall economic update

Morneau says the first thing the Liberals plan to do is bring in their promised tax cut for the middle class

INFOGRAPHIC: How much money did your local university or college make last year?

B.C. university and colleges posted a combined $340 million surplus in 2018/19

B.C. creates $8.5M organization to improve safety for health care workers

Group will bring together unions, province, health care organizations

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Brain injury from domestic abuse a ‘public health crisis,’ says B.C. researcher

Nearly 80% of the domestic violence victims who reported to police last year were women

Most Read