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Rainwater harvesting & other preparations for a less water secure future

In the conclusion of a series of four broadcasts about the island’s looming water problem, Jude McCormick, Bernie Amell, Kris Wellstein and Mike Gall describe some initiatives the Quadra ICAN water security team is taking. 

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Quadra Island’s water problem

Quadra Island’s groundwater appears to be disappearing. 

“We need to figure out where it’s going, how much we have that we don’t know about and then how we can make sure that not just the people on Quadra, but also the environment and businesses get what they need,” said Jude McCormick, leader of the Quadra ICAN water security team.  “It is a Herculean task and the first part is to make people aware that we have a problem.” 

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Beach clean-up in Southern Discovery Islands

A massive beach clean-up is underway in the intertidal zones of the Southern Discovery Islands. 

“The volume of debris we are finding is mind blowing. We are focusing on larger items instead of the tiny little microplastics. We’re trying to get the larger items out before they become the microplastics,” explained Breanne Quesnel. “I know we have some very responsible aquaculture operations in our region, but the amount of aquaculture debris is mind boggling: styrofoam, trays; baskets; nettings and things that have just gotten away at one point – or derelict sites.”

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Twincomm partnering with CityWest & other internet news

Twincomm is partnering with CityWest, in their work towards bringing fibre optic to Cortes Island and the surrounding communities. They have signed an agreement in principle.  

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Bringing fast reliable internet to Cortes and Quadra this fall

The Province of British Columbia will be bringing fast reliable internet to remote communities  like Cortes Island, Quadra Island and Zeballos by the fall of 2021.

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