Freshwater Sustainability

Video Date: May 24, 2018

Freshwater sustainability is a shared responsibility. Watershed ecosystems and island communities rely on unique freshwater networks.

In a 2016 poll, over 40% of islanders said they sometimes worry about their household running out of freshwater and climate change projections are increasing those concerns.

What We Are Doing

  • Developing a freshwater sustainability strategy for the Islands Trust Area.
    • Creating heritage overlay mapping, including a relational focus on the significance of watershed ecosystems to First Nations heritage and culture
    • Mapping groundwater recharge potential across the Islands Trust Area and developing water budgets.
    • Working with the Province of BC to identify groundwater regions in the Islands Trust Area that are vulnerable to saltwater intrusion
    • Developing model land use regulations for groundwater protection, rainwater catchment and greywater recycling  
    • Helping you protect freshwater ecosystems with the Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program (NAPTEP), land donations and conservation covenants
    • Restoring freshwater ecosystems in Islands Trust Conservancy nature reserves and conservation covenant areas Learn more

Enforcing bylaws and development permit area regulations where they are in place

Local Priorities

  • All local trust committees and Bowen Island Municipality have official community plan policies addressing freshwater and may also have freshwater sustainability projects underway – learn about these on their webpages. 

Resources

Groundwater Well Maps

By Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (2017):