Koksilah Watershed Planning




Hwulqw’selu: The Koksilah


The Koksilah watershed is a beautiful 31,000 hectare area within the territory of the Cowichan people on Vancouver Island. It includes all the land that drains into the Koksilah River, from its source in the western mountains, down through the communities of Cowichan Station and Hwulqw’selu and out to the sea at the Cowichan estuary. It is home to salmon, elk, and cougar, farming, forestry, and more. The Koksilah watershed supports many lives. This project is about local people coming together to protect and restore its ability to do that long into the future. Learn more about the Koksilah watershed here.


Learning our Landscape – Sharing its Stewardship


Unlike most of British Columbia, the Koksilah watershed is mostly privately “owned”. While each landowner holds some rights and responsibilities on their property, our water and other ecological values cross property boundaries, making their protection a shared responsibility. However, we lack a “roadmap” to help us do that well. This project will knit together information and people across property boundaries for the common good of our watershed. We have contracted Silva Ecosystem Consultants to conduct an ecosystem-based analysis of the whole watershed and we are seeking the cooperation and partnership of landowners to share ecological information about the Koksilah for that purpose.

Our Goal: To build the knowledge and capacity of the community to bring sound science-based recommendations into land use decision making processes for the Koksilah Watershed.

You Can Help!

  1. Attend one of the public events to learn more about the Koksilah Watershed’s ecological character and current condition.
  2. If you are on Facebook, join the Koksilah Watershed Group to share observations and photos, and to learn from others. https://www.facebook.com/groups/477463269631605/
  3. Volunteer to organize events, fundraise, educate, more!

In 2015, CSAA volunteers concerned about the impacts of land use and climate change on our local water and environment came together to form the Koksilah Working Group. To get involved or ask questions, please contact the Koksilah Working Group Chair at koksilah@cowichanstation.org.