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Watershed Management

Integrated Watershed Management Program

The Integrated Water Management Program involves a multi-jurisdictional approach to the protection and management of freshwater resources on Salt Spring Island and is coordinated through the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Authority (SSIWPA). In support of collaborative watershed management on Salt Spring Island, the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee (LTC) funds coordination of SSIWPA through a special tax raised each year. The current $98,500 Special Property Tax Requisition for the fiscal year 2017-2018 was approved by Islands Trust Council in March 2017. Learn more through the Special Property Tax Requisition FAQs.

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 

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 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 Authority, 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 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.” SSIWPA member agencies include: BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO), 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. Visit the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Authority website for more information including agendas, minutes and meeting schedules.


Staff Reports

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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Justine Starke
Island Planner
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Page last updated: 30/10/17
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