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Watershed Management

Project Update: Special Tax Requisition

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee has requested a Special Property Tax Requisition of $98,500 to fund the coordination of collaborative watershed management on Salt Spring Island for the fiscal year 2017-2018. Learn more through the Special Property Tax Requisition FAQs.

Water Conservation & Water Demand Management Plan

OPUS DaytonKnight Consulting has been contracted to develop a Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Plan for properties in the North Salt Spring Waterworks District as a first step in reconciling the differences between the supply and demand of water in this area. The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee looks forward to receiving their report by March 31, 2016.

Project Background

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 is to undertake a coordinated, whole watershed approach to successfully address lake water quality and quantity.

On June 26, 2013, Bylaw No. 154 (cited as the Islands Trust Council Delegation Bylaw, 2013) was adopted which allows the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee to act as the coordinating body for the Salt Spring Island Water Protection Authority (SSIWPA). This bylaw also supports multi-agency collaboration in addressing watershed management. Member agencies include: BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Beddis Water Service Commission (CRD), Capital Regional District, Fernwood Water Local Service Commission (CRD), and North Salt Spring Waterworks District, Past member agencies, who provide select input and consultation services, include: BC Ministry of Health, Island Health, and BC Ministry of Environment.

Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Authority (SSIWPA)


Formed in 2012, SSIWPA's mandate is to “…cooperate on the development and implementation of policies and initiatives for improved raw water quality, and coordinated management of quantity of Salt Spring Island water sources”. Visit the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Authority website for more information including agendas, minutes and meeting schedules.

St. Mary Lake Integrated Watershed Management Plan - 2015

Staff Reports

January 30, 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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Justine Starke
Island Planner
Ph: (250) 405-5189
Toll Free: 1-800-663-7867 (ask to connect to the above number)

Page last updated: 08/03/17
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