About the Study Area
The study area (shown in the yellow dashed line below) is the Lower Chemainus River floodplain. The floodplain’s headwaters originate in the CVRD, and the lower floodplain includes portions of the Municipality of North Cowichan, Halalt First Nation, Tsussie (Penelakut Tribe), and Say-la-quas and Squaw-hay-one (Stz'uminus First Nation). The study area begins about 1 km upstream of the Highway 1 Chemainus River bridge and extends to the Chemainus Estuary. It includes Bonsall Creek and Whitehouse Creek where they are next to the Chemainus River.