Cowichan Lake Weir Begins Operation February 23, 2009

Cowichan Lake

Crofton, BC – On February 23, 2009, Catalyst Paper (TSX:CTL) will resume operating the Cowichan Lake weir that regulates water flow out of Cowichan Lake. The weir operation will gradually reduce water flow from the lake into the Cowichan River to a target flow as set by the Ministry of Environment.

The early return of the weir operation is in response to low snow pack and lake level. In the event that excess inflow into the lake is experienced (heavy spring rainfall), the spill gates will be opened accordingly to maintain the lake level at full storage level.

The Cowichan Lake boat lock, which allows boats to travel between the lake and the river, will also begin operating again on February 23, 2009. Both the weir and boat lock were decommissioned for the winter season in October 2008.

Catalyst Paper Crofton Division operates the weir under the direction of the Ministry of Environment, and in accordance with their established regulations and the terms of our licenses. The weir and boat lock are operated 24 hours per day during the control season, and lake and river levels are regularly monitored to maintain target lake levels, and river release rates.

The monitoring and regulation of Cowichan Lake water levels and flow release is part of the Ministry of Environment’s ongoing commitment to maintain stream flows for all stakeholders.

For further information contact:

John Baldwin
Technical Officer
Ministry of Environment

Michelle Vessey
Manager, Environment & Technical Development
Catalyst Paper Crofton Division

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