Water Storage Feasibility on East Coast Vancouver Island

Feasibility of stream flow improvement projects continued in collaboration with fisheries agencies, First Nations, regional district and municipal governments, landowners, area streamkeepers and other ENGOs. Select east coast Vancouver Island (ECVI) watersheds were first prioritized in 2006 and have been reviewed annually by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and Ministry of Environment (MoE; now Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, MoFLNRO). Evaluation involved a multifaceted process involving biological, hydrological and engineering assessments required for landowner consent, public support and regulatory approval. The work was then further focused on five high priority watersheds/sites Craigflower (Thetis Lake), Millstone (Brannen Lake), Englishman (Shelton Lake), Courtenay (Wolf Lake), and Quatse (Quatse Lake) where new storage could be developed or where existing storage could be improved or increased.