About SSIWPA

SSIWPA was formed in 2013 in order to provide coordinated management between the several agencies who have a responsibility for legislation and regulation of various aspects of Salt Spring Island’s watersheds and fresh water resources.

SSIWPA steering committee member agencies are:

  • Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee
  • Capital Regional District
  • Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • North Salt Spring Waterworks District
  • Highland and Fernwood Water Service Commission
  • Beddis Water Service Commission

SSIWPA has two advisory working groups, the Technical Working Group (TWG) and the Conservation and Efficiency Working Group (CEWG).

The purpose of the TWG is to provide balanced and science-based, technical advice to the SSIWPA, and through it, to its member agencies. The advice of the TWG is to be impartial and objective, drawing on collective expertise to identify watershed issues and to develop workable solutions that reflect the best available science, innovative technologies and consensus approaches.

The purpose of the CEWG is to investigate and assess technologies, methods, best practices and/or policies to achieve the following, specifically on Salt Spring Island:

  1. Reduction in potable water use in all economic/residential sectors of the SSI economy;
  2. Feasible uses of alternative water sources, which may include rainwater catchment, grey water recycling, wastewater re-use, desalination, other;
  3. Increased efficiency of water use in areas such as agriculture, gardening, markets, food service, other;
  4. Feasible incentives for water use efficiency;
  5. Identify barriers and challenges to implementation related to the regulatory environment (i.e. building code, health authority approvals, etc.); suggest possible solutions.

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Ministry of Agriculture seeks volunteers to assist with SSI farm survey

The Ministry of Agriculture is updating the agricultural land use inventory on Salt Spring, and will be developing an agricultural water demand model from the findings. Contact Coordinator Shannon Cowan to offer to guide or navigate the regional agrologist and co-worker July 17-21, 2017. More info click here.   Min. of Agriculture is a member …

Well Owner Workshops in the Gulf Islands – June 30th Salt Spring

Friday June 30th 10am – 12:30pm Lion’s Hall, 103 Bonnet Ave., Salt Spring I.   Join the free workshop to learn: how to protect your water source about groundwater and your well how to test and treat your well water Click for the Islands Trust Wells and Groundwater Workshop Poster Presented by Islands Trust Ministry …

Ganges Sewer Water Re-Use Potential: May 2017 CRD Staff Report

In the SSIWPA May 19th Steering Committee meeting, CRD Director McIntyre announced this CRD Staff Report concerning a recent review of the potential for re-use of treated Ganges sewer effluent that was presented to the CRD Environmental Services Committee on May 17, 2017. The report concludes that “indirect potable reuse” into St. Mary Lake of …

Contact SSIWPA

SSIWPA coordinator Shannon Cowan:
SSIWPA chair, George Grams: