About Quamichan Stewards


Sampling water in Quamichan LakeThe Quamichan Watershed Stewardship Society (Quamichan Stewards) was formed in the spring of 2006 to respond to the continuously declining health of Quamichan Lake. After two years of initial research and investigation it was able to move forward to prepare a Watershed Management Plan.

View over Quamichan With nearly $50,000 from the federal EcoAction Community Funding Program, $10,000 funding from the Pacific Salmon Foundation and substantial in-kind and cash donations from the community, the Management Plan takes the whole Quamichan Watershed into consideration and provides a blueprint for restoring the lake to health. The plan was developed in partnership with all of the stakeholders, including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the B.C. Ministries of Environment and Agriculture, the Municipality of North Cowichan, local farmers, and residents of the watershed.

In May of 2010 the Quamichan Stewards received a new grant from the federal Environment Canada EcoAction Community Funding Program to begin implementing the Management Plan.

To kick this off, the Quamichan Stewards co-hosted the BC Lake Stewardship Society's 2010 Community Forum. This was made possible with the addition of other funding from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Nature Trust, Pacific Salmon Foundation and Sea Spring Salmon Farm.

This event was a huge success and drew in over 400 people!

Other projects completed as part of this grant included:

  • Developing the Quamichan Watershed Public Access Strategy to increase the visibility of the Quamichan Watershed and promote recreation and educational activities.
  • Reducing non-source nutrient input from land and water activities in the Quamichan Watershed by promoting septic field education through the creation of the Septic Sense brochure, working with The District of North Cowichan to lead conversions from septic to sewer, and identifying the feasibility of building rain ponds (wetlands) near streams that flow into Quamichan Lake.
  • Protecting native plant species by removing invasive species from around Quamichan Lake.
  • Hosting a fishing derby to use and promote the watershed as a venue for recreation, education and wildlife events.

The Quamichan Watershed Management Plan, final version, October 2009. 86% of Quamichan Watershed residents who completed the survey support the Vision for the Watershed and 90% agree with the Plan!

And just available in December 2009 is the Duncan Cairnsmore Air Quality Monitoring Site.

Click on the map to find the Duncan site; click on it to drill down and see the contaminant parameters; and click on the specific parameters to see the recent history graph.

If you have questions, comments, or want to volunteer, please email Per Dahlstrom, President of Quamichan Stewards, at <pdahlstrom@gmail.com> or Stephanie Cottell, Executive Director fo the Cowichan Land Trust at <stephanie@cowichanlandtrust.ca>

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The Quamichan watershed has seven new wetlands (node 205)

The Quamichan Watershed Stewardship Society has taken a lead role in improving water quality, wildlife habitat, and land uses within the watershed by building/restoring wetlands in an area that was previously drained. Building wetlands is one activity that contributes to all three goals by:

Public access lacking for lake, says Stewards

Sarah Simpson, Citizen News

Published: Wednesday, October 05, 2011

A high coliform count generally prevents swimmers from dipping into Quamichan Lake but there's a host of other recreational opportunities to be had there says Quamichan Stewards chair Roger Hart, including canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, and fishing.

That is, if people could actually get to the lake.

Young Naturalists Restore Riparian Area

On September 24, 2011 the Cowichan Young Naturalists Club joined the Quamichan Stewards to restore the lakeshore riparian area at Sterling Ridge Park. The sun was shining while the crew worked hard to plant 160 native shrubs.

These plants will absorb nutrients (pollution) from surface runoff and help control flooding while providing habitat for trout fry in the spring.

Seven year old lands the largest fish at Quamichan Lake Fishing Derby

The Winning Trout

The lure of catching some fish and the shining sun brought fishers and their families out to Art Mann Park on Saturday where the Quamichan Stewards hosted their first fishing derby on Quamichan Lake.

Cowichan Youngsters Release 2,500 Trout into Quamichan

Cowichan youngsters release 2,500 trout into Quamichan
The Citizen

Building it Right: Best Projects Honoured

Development: Water management to community garden, Crofton Hotel to Woodland Hills recognized by municipality

Quamichan Stewards Team Up with Freshwater Fisheries Society to Stock Lake

On November 18th the Quamichan Stewards and Queen of Angel's grade fours teamed up with the Freshwater Fisheries Society to help them stock Quamichan Lake. The lake received 1500 catchable sized Taylor Cutthroat Trout as well as 1000 catchable sized Rainbow Trout. A-channel news was there to catch the fun.  Click here to watch the video. The Quamichan Stewards plan to hold a fishing derby in the spring and hopefully the fish will not have all been caught by then.

Thank-you to our funders

Quamichan Stewards recognizes the generosity of each of these
agencies and companies in their support for our work. Thank-you.

Vancouver Foundation

Public Conservation Assistance Fund

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Twisted Mug Cafe

Thrifty Foods

Living Rivers Trust Fund


The Nature Trust

Creative Salmon Company



Pacific Salmon Foundation

Government of Canada