Construction Begins in Oyster River Nature Park for New Water Production Well

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and Strathcona Regional District (SRD) are alerting users of the Oyster River Nature Park to be prepared for disruptions to the trails for the next two months, beginning January 25, 2021.

Portions of some park trails will be closed to the public from January 25 through to March 31. Signs will be posted to indicate which trails must be avoided. For public safety, the SRD is asking park users to only travel on open trails until the work is complete.

The CVRD is undertaking construction of water infrastructure for a new water production well to increase capacity for the Black Creek/Oyster Bay (BCOB) Water System. This water system treats and distributes water to properties north of the Oyster River in Electoral Area D of the SRD and south of the Oyster River in Puntledge – Black Creek (Electoral Area C) of the CVRD.

The CVRD has received 83 per cent grant funding from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to install a new production well in Oyster River Nature Park to complement the existing system. This will help with water security for users of this system throughout the summer months when the system has previously experienced capacity concerns during drought years.

The drilling of the well was completed in fall 2020. The upcoming work in February and March will bring active machinery to the park and will include the installation of a watermain and a new well kiosk. The work is expected to cause both physical and noise disruptions. The Oyster River Nature Park is located within the Strathcona Regional District, halfway between Campbell River and Courtenay.