Cowichan – Drought Alert System Pilot Project [cw07]
|Status||completed in 2016|
|Project Lead||CVRD Public Safety Division|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, CVRD Public Safety Division|
Download and read the project summary as a PDF: Drought Alert Project Keeps Producers 'In the Know'.
The recently completed Extreme Weather Events Preparedness and Mitigation Pilot Project brought Cowichan producers together to discuss preparedness for extreme events. Through this dialogue, it became clear that there was a gap between producers’ awareness of water issues on their farm, and their level of awareness about the status of water at the regional level. Although the provincial government issues drought alerts and updates, this information is not reaching all producers through existing communication mechanisms.
The Cowichan Drought Alert System pilot project implemented a series of low cost mechanisms for communicating drought status to producers and evaluated which approaches are the most effective. During the 2015 and 2016 production seasons, this project piloted 4–5 different communication mechanisms including: text and phone alerts, signage, a postcard mail out, an electronic newsletter, and website updates. The most effective options will be integrated into the on-going activities of the CVRD Public Safety Division and shared with other interested communities.
- Cowichan – Drought Communications Plan (2017 report) (841 KB pdf)
- Cowichan – Drought Alert Pilot Brochure (2016) (612 KB pdf)
- Cowichan – Drought Alert Pilot Postcards (2016) (449 KB pdf)