Local Politicians Tour Bowker Creek

May 22, 2009

Victoria, BC – Nine politicians from Saanich, Victoria and Oak Bay joined the Bowker Creek Initiative for a successful half day tour on Friday, May 15, 2009. The four stop tour gave participants an opportunity to learn about Bowker Creek’s ecosystems and challenges, ongoing restoration activities and future stewardship plans.

The Bowker Creek Watershed extends from the University of Victoria south through the municipalities of Saanich and Victoria, before discharging to the sea in Oak Bay. Over the last 200 years the watershed has changed from a natural state, to agricultural use, to the current mix of residential, commercial and institutional uses. Today, less than 40% of the creek remains above ground.

The tour presented an important opportunity for representatives of municipalities in the watershed to learn more about the Bowker Creek Initiative’s current and future plans, much of which will be appearing before councils in upcoming months.

The Bowker Creek Initiative (BCI) is unique multi-jurisdictional coalition, led by a consensus-based steering committee working to protect and enhance the ecological, social and economic health of the Bowker Creek Watershed. It has been five years since the BCI was established. The tour helped give the politicians a progress update and a snapshot of future plans. Saanich, Victoria and Oak Bay all contribute funding for the BCI Coordinators and fund BCI staff. For more information, please visit The Bowker Creek Initiative.

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For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
Corporate Communications, CRD
Tel: 250.360.3308
Cell: 250.216.4427