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Village of Cumberland and the City of Courtenay expanding into the Morrison Creek Watershed.

Morrison Creek

Morrison Creek

The Village of Cumberland has recently expanded their jurisdiction to include a significant section of the Morrison Creek Headwaters. Though we do not know what the Village plans for this area, the Morrison Creek Streamkeepers are concerned about potential impacts to the extremely valuable and sensitive headwaters/wetland complex area of the watershed that may result from future development of this area.

Similarly, the City of Courtenay continues to expand into the Morrison Creek Watershed. The expansion will likely mean an increase in housing density, impervious surfaces, and road and stormdrain networks. These factors have been shown to seriously degrade ecosystem health in urbanizing watersheds by reducing streamside vegetation, decreasing summer flows, increasing peak flows, degrading in-stream habitat and degrading water quality.

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