The Integrated Watershed Management Program was initiated by SSIWPA in recognition of a concern that freshwater sources on Salt Spring Island are stressed, and at or near the sustainable limits of their capacity.
Those concerns are mainly focused on the north end of the island where, for example, North Salt Spring Waterworks District (NSSWD), which supplies one of the most densely populated parts of the island including all of Ganges village, has introduced a moratorium on new water connections due to source capacity issues.
The IWM program addresses the need to:
- quantify the volume of freshwater available (in a renewable manner) for human use;
- measure and optimize the efficiency of potable water resource uses/demand;
- if necessary, adjust bylaws and regulations to limit further densification in areas where water quantity sensitivities exist to sustainable levels.
The purpose, objectives and tasks of the program are explained here.
The IWMP workplan can be viewed or downloaded here.