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Defend the Environment

My vision for North Cowichan involves protecting sensitive environmental areas and ensuring we do our part to fight climate change.  My priorities are to:

  • Implement actions in North Cowichan’s updated “Climate Action & Energy Plan” with a target of reducing local emissions by 80% over the next 30 years.

  • Continue to partner with local environmental groups and residents on programs and initiatives to address water quality issues and restore fish and wildlife habitat in the Quamichan and Somenos Watersheds.

  • Develop climate change adaptation strategy recognizing the increased risks of extreme weather events (floods, wildfires, heat waves) and sea level rise.

  • Work with local naturalists and residents to introduce a Biodiversity Protection Policy to identify and protect wildlife habitat and other sensitive ecological areas throughout the municipality.

  • Sustainably manage North Cowichan’s water supplies through water conservation measures and long-term planning, recognizing capacity limits of our major aquifers.

  • Expand tree canopy cover across municipality by developing an urban forest strategy with an annual tree plating program, and updating the subdivision and zoning bylaws.

  • Expand and improve North Cowichan’s system of parks and trails, balancing recreation uses and conservation of environmentally sensitive areas.

Image by Dan Stark
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