The flow of the Cowichan River is being slowed down to conserve water in case of a drought this summer and fall.

Local governments, Catalyst Paper, Cowichan Tribes, conservation groups and others agreed to do it as a way to maximize the storage of the weir at Lake Cowichan.

Parker Jefferson speaks on behalf of One Cowichan.

Jefferson says slowing down the flow of water does come at a price though…as fish numbers will suffer in the immediate future as a result.

Last month, the CVRD applied for a federal grant to help cover the cost of raising the weir.