Get to know the watershed

The Millard Piercy Watershed is located on the outskirts of Courtenay BC on the east coast of Vancouver Island. The Watershed is 13 square kilometers in size with approximately 55 kilometers of watercourses including ditches. The Watershed boundaries gently rise from the estuary, near Comox Bay, and cross a series of ancient oceanic terraces that define the topography. The two main watercourses: Millard and Piercy Creeks, originate in wetlands and in underground springs. The springs are held within gravel and glacial till deposits at the foot of the Beaufort Mountain range. The Watershed can be divided into three sub-basins: Millard Basin, North Piercy Basin, and South Piercy Basin. View more maps here.

 

What is a Watershed?

A watershed is a landform  defined by highpoints and ridgelines that descend into lower elevations and stream valleys.  A watershed carries water “shed” from the land after rain falls and snow melts.  Drop by drop, water is channeled into soils, groundwaters, creeks, and streams, making its way to larger rivers and eventually to the sea.

The important thing about watersheds is: what we do on the land affects water quality for all communities living downstream.   They are like complex puzzles – all pieces are needed in order to work properly.


Everyone lives in a watershed!

Do you live in the Millard Piercy Watershed? Do you live in the Millard Piercy Watershed?  Try to find it on the map below, the Millard Piercy watershed boundaries are outlined in red.

Watershed Overview Map

More Maps are available here.

 


Habitat & Species

click here to go to habitat and species page.

 


Photos & Videos

View Photos or Videos from past activities and events.

 


Watershed Hikes and Bikes

Link to Hikes and Bikes page

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