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Water Sustainability


What is SSIWPA?

The purpose of the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Alliance is to:

  • Provide a framework for freshwater resources in the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Area to be managed in a manner that integrates and considers both human and ecosystem needs through integrated planning, policy development and recommendations for implementation by member agencies and organizations;
  • Advise on policies of regional, local and provincial government organizations that are related to freshwater resources; and
  • Coordinate the implementation of those policies.

Here is a background summary of recent work.

The Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Alliance has updated its Terms of Reference (2018).

What is the Integrated Freshwater Management Program?

The Integrated Freshwater Management Program involves a multi-jurisdictional approach to the protection and management of freshwater resources on Salt Spring Island and is coordinated through SSIWPA.

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee's role as a member agency in SSIWPA is to consider land use planning changes that may result from the recommendations of SSIWPA's Integrated Water Management Program. The LTC pursues this work as a top priority project managed through a project charter.

As part of this work, the LTC is currently undertaking a groundwater inventory and monitoring program: Project Charter

Background History

In 2012, Watershed Management was made a Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee Top Priority in response to poor water quality advisories for St. Mary Lake which supplies drinking water to thousands of islanders. The primary goal of this project was to undertake a coordinated, whole watershed approach to successfully address lake water quality and quantity. The St. Mary Lake Integrated Watershed Management Plan was adopted in 2015.

Delegated Authority

In order to coordinate the Salt Spring Island Water Protection Alliance, the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee has been delegated the authority of Islands Trust Act Section 8(2)b  from Trust Council.   In 2013, Trust Council  Bylaw No. 154 was adopted. The bylaw empowers the LTC to coordinate  SSIWPA as a multi-agency collaborative approach to addressing watershed management.

Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Alliance (SSIWPA)


SSIWPA member agencies include: BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNR), BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Ministry of Agriculture,  Beddis Water Service Commission (CRD), Islands Trust Local Trust Committee, Capital Regional District, Fernwood-Highland Water Local Service Commission (CRD) and First Nations.  Visit the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Alliance website for more information including agendas, minutes and meeting schedules. 

Staff Reports

January 21, 2020 - Staff Report
October 29, 2019 - Staff Report
May 28, 2019 - Staff Report - SSIWPA Coordination 
February 26, 2019 - Staff Report
January 29, 2019 - Staff Report &  SSIWPA Special Property Tax Requisition
December 6, 2018 - Staff Report
October 18, 2018 - Staff Report - SSIWPA Strategic Planning Project Update
October 18, 2018 - Staff Report - Watershed Management
August 16, 2018 - Staff Report
February 8, 2018 - Staff Report
November 2, 2017 - Watershed Management
June 29, 2017 - Staff Report
February 9, 2017 -
Staff Report
December 1, 2016 - Project Update
September 23, 2016 - Terms of Reference
March 24, 2016 - OPUS Watershed Conservation and Demand Management Plan, Final Draft
January 29, 2016  - Project Update: SSIWPA - Special Property Tax Requisition - Water Conservation & Water Demand Management Plan for NSSWD - Project Charter
September 28, 2015
- Amended Request for Proposal & Additional Operations Budget Proposal
August 28, 2015 - Project Update
June 30, 2015
- Project Update
May 12, 2015
- Terms of Reference, Scope of Work & Qualifications for Services
April 14, 2015
- Project Update
February 17, 2015
- Draft Trust Council Request for Decision for a Special Property Tax Requisition
January 27, 2015 - Project Update & Special Property Tax Requisition
December 15, 2014 - Project Charter Update and Special Property Tax Requisition
November 12, 2014 - Financial Planning Committee Briefing: Special Property Tax Requisition 

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