Cowichan – Water Storage & Management Knowledge Transfer [cw08]
|Status||completed in 2016|
|Project Lead||The Islands Agriculture Show Society|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture|
During the Cowichan Extreme Events and Preparedness project, Cowichan producers identified effective drainage systems and on-farm water storage as important elements of adaptation – in some cases essential for mitigating the impacts of extreme events (i.e. flooding and extended dry periods). Since installation of appropriate water infrastructure can be a challenge for individual producers, knowledge transfer – including demonstration and improving available informational resources – was seen as a necessary support.
To begin to address this knowledge gap, the Agricultural Water Storage and Management Knowledge Transfer project shared information with producers in the Cowichan Valley and surrounding areas related to water storage development (and the associated requirements and regulations), as well as broader water management techniques, through a farm tour and two panel sessions at the Islands Agriculture Show in 2016. The first tour/panel was focused on “Developing Water Storage on Your Farm” and featured visits to four local farms that featured different types of production systems utilizing differing water sources, water storage and water delivery systems. The second panel was focused on “Drought and Water Supply: Water Management on Your Farm”. The panels included subject matter experts from the BC Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, agricultural producers and speakers from other organizations. The project also developed a video on water storage and management derived in part from the tour and panel sessions. Please see the video, access the presentations delivered at the workshop, and read the project summary below.