Keyline Field and Soil Water Management Fall 2017

Tayler Krawczyk of Hatchet n’ Seed is teaming with CRD again in fall 2017 to host workshops on Salt Spring Island and in Saanich/Victoria. There will be field days, and a seminar day. September 19, 2017 at Bullock Lake Farm 1:30-4:30pm (no registration required, just show up) is the local date and time and location.

This is useful information for any person doing landscaping for water retention, gardeners and farmers seeking to optimize moisture levels in soils and for plantings, land use planners and policy makers, and those designing and maintaining wetlands and constructed wetlands.

Showcase your innovations in the SSI Rain Water Tour 2017!

The date for the Tour is Saturday, October 14, 2017.

The deadline to contact us to find out if you are suitable as a volunteer Tour Host is August 1st, 2017.

Call 250-537-5000 – Sharon Bywater will talk to you about the suitability of your system and confirm your spot.

The goal of the Tour is to showcase workable solutions to offsetting the use of water from other sources (potable, non-potable) through rain water capture and delivery systems.

Simple to high tech, small to large, domestic or commercial, including constructed wetlands and irrigation ponds – Please consider showcasing your unique systems and solutions, and telling the stories about your challenges and triumphs!

Perhaps you are someone who received funding from the CRD-Water Council Rain Water Rebate Programs? Your fledgling systems also invited to apply!

Win a Rain Water Site Inspection! Participants in the Tour can enter the draw for a free inspection by Sandra Ungerson, SSIWPA Conservation and Efficiency Working Group Chair and ARCSA-trained Rainwater Inspector.

The Rain Water Home Tour is sponsored by SSIWPA.


To explore the potential for your system to be on the Tour:

Please Contact Sharon Bywater, 250-537-5000 before August 1st.

Spread the word! Thank you!


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 of SSIWPA steering committee. On this project, the Ministry has partnered with Islands Trust, SSIWPA and the Partnership for Water Sustainability BC.

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 of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Island Health

Vancouver Coastal Health

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 the Ganges Treated Wastewater effluent is not currently suitable, given the environmental and economic parameters that were considered by the staff members who created this report. Please read this 3-page report for full details and authors of the report.

[ On the linked page,  you must click for immediate download: “Staff Report: Reuse of Ganges Wastewater Treatment Plant Effluent” and the related three appendices as separate downloads.]

Note: The SSIWPA Conservation and Efficiency Working Group will be reviewing this report during the latter half of 2017, as well as several other international examples of indirect to potable wastewater reuse, as part of the workplan tasks for the SSIWPA Integrated Water Program.

Rob Kline joins CEWG

SSIWPA is pleased to welcome Rob Kline to the Conservation and Efficiency Working Group. Rob is a full time island resident who is very familiar with Salt Spring, having served for a number of years as the regional agrologist serving the Capital Region and the Southern Gulf Islands.

North Salt Spring Waterworks District, 2017 AGM and Election

One of SSIWPAs steering committee member agencies, North Salt Spring Waterworks District, held its AGM on 25th April at which two new trustees, Michael McAllister and Robert Steinbach, were elected to the board.  Michael was elected for a two year term and Robert for three years.

Michael and Robert replace two retiring trustees, Don Hodgins and Dennis Russell. SSIWPA welcomes the new trustees and looks forward to building  a collaborative working relationship with them.

SSIWPA receives $15,000 grant

SSIWPA has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the BC Constituency Fund towards the cost of the Integrated Water Management Program (IWMP). The funds were presented by Minister Stone to SSIWPA chair, George Grams, on 28 March outside the Islands Trust office on Salt Spring Island. The funds, which are a welcome recognition of the importance of the program, will be administered through the Islands Trust. Chair Grams expressed his gratitude to the Minister of CSCD for the award which will help fund some of the vital studies that form part of the IWMP plan of work.