Comox Valley Project Watershed Society
With help from REFBC, Project Watershed has released “The Estuary Experience – An Interactive Animated Map of the K’ómoks Estuary” with detailed information about the Comox Valley estuary. The map loads in a web browser and includes information on the estuary’s ecosystems, watershed, history and recreational attractions.
In 2012, REFBC made an initial grant of $15,000 to develop the map. Our 2014 grant provided funding for upgrading the map and adding multimedia content, including:
- informational video
- geo-referenced information on recreation options, routes and tips
- climate change scenarios, including a modelled sea level rise and possible effects of storm surges and weather events
The map has helped to demonstrate the importance of the estuary to residents and local governments by providing access to biological, historical and recreational information. Recently, the map has been used to secure the estuary’s designation as a Wildlife Management Area and to help local officials track possible sources of a fuel spill.
Project Watershed has presented the map to peers, local governments and First Nations leaders, and has hosted a “Mapapalooza” event at the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre to share the tool with members of the general public.