Keeping It Living 2014 – An art & literature awareness & fundraising campaign to give everyone the opportunity to contribute to the preservation and restoration of the K’ómoks Estuary; This year includes a Sponsorship Drive and Events.

Project Watershed thanks the Walmart- Evergreen Green Grants Program for contributing $5,000 towards Salt Marsh Restoration as part of our Blue Carbon initiative in the K’ómoks Estuary!

Keeping It Living Sponsorship Gala!

7-9pm April 25th – Be our guest at our gala event in the Comox Valley Art Gallery, 580 Duncan Ave, Courtenay.

Highlights include:

  • A demonstration version of our cutting edge Interactive K’ómoks Estuary Map

  • Live estuary inspired music by Helen Austin, Juno Award Winner and member of Voices Three

  • Performances by Methuselah Dance and 7 Story Circus

  • A selection of tantalizing wines from Blue Moon Wineries

  • Natural Pastures cheeses

  • First Nations Smoked Salmon by Cory Frank

  • Mini Silent Auction – 3 exquisite items on offer

RSVP online www.keepingitliving.ca

Earth Day Events and More!

  • Saturday April 26, 10 to 2 pm – Project Watershed will be hosting a tour of the K’ómoks Estuary around the Airpark to highlight many of our current projects. You can take the tour by bike or foot. A map of tour stops will be available online and on route. Mountainaire Avian Rescue will also have spotting scopes set up along the route.
  • Saturday April 26, Noon to 4:30 pm – Earth Day display at Lake Trail School featuring our cutting edge Interactive K’ómoks Estuary Map as well Ki Gong 1 – 1:30pm and Yoga 2 – 2:30pm.  
  • Saturday May 03, 10 -11am – Local ornithologist and birder extraordinaire Art Martell will be hosting a bird walk.  Meet at the Rotary Viewing Stand on Comox Road.  

More info online at www.keepingitliving.ca

Estuary and Economy

The K’ómoks Estuary offers economic possibilities that are just being discovered. In this respect Shirley Dickie’s painting is not only captivating but timely. Marine plants sequester carbon at rates higher than forests. In our Estuary these plants are eelgrass and those associated with salt marshes. Project Watershed is working with local, national and international groups to re-establish these plants and to capitalize on their carbon sequestration. This is a triple win as it increases habitat, provides shoreline resilience and removes CO2 from the atmosphere. Locally our governments spend thousands on carbon taxes; carbon credits in contrast would be an income source. The World Bank estimated the size of the global carbon credit market to be 64 billion in 2007.

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