Water Stewardship Information Sources

Citation Comox Valley Conservation Strategy Community Partnership. 2013. Proposal for a Comox Lake Watershed Sustainable Use Recreation Area.
Organization Comox Valley Conservation Strategy Community Partnership
URL http://www.cvconservationstrategy.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Comox-Lake-Sustainable-Use-Recreation-Area_-Printable.pdf
Abstract/Description or Keywords The proposed Sustainable Use Recreation Area for the Comox Lake watershed was developed
to strike a balance between the human needs for drinking water, recreation and economic uses
with conservation of water quality and ecological values.
The Comox Lake Watershed is the source of most Comox Valley residents’ drinking water. The
watershed is well used by the public for a wide range of recreational activities and is a gateway
to Strathcona Park. Private forest companies own 65% of the watershed and are active in largescale
clear-cut logging. The K’ómoks First Nation has aboriginal rights and title, an interest in
economic opportunities and access the watershed for cultural use.
The watershed has no single agency or public authority with the power or mandate to manage
its overall health. Instead, a diverse number of stakeholders with varying degrees of authority
and rights assert their own interests. The watershed’s health is at risk from a number of existing
and potential threats from human use. These risks include: industrial use from large scale
logging and proposed open pit coal mining; residential land development projects; 71 cabins
adjacent to Comox Lake; and unmanaged public access and recreational use.i
Information Type report
Regional Watershed Vancouver Island North
Sub-watershed if known Comox Lake
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