Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Lake Stewardship Groups

Vancouver Island Region Directors

  • Eric Bonham
  • Deb Epps
  • Rick Nordin


Cowichan Lake & River Stewardship Society

Cusheon Lake Stewardship Committee

Mandate: To care for the long term environmental health of Cusheon Lake water for a domestic potable water source and recreational use by the education of all stakeholders.

Projects: Cusheon Watershed Management Plan; water chemistry, bacteriology, temperature and oxygen profiles, Secchi depth sampling; annual lake and shoreline clean up; environmental health officers dye test sewage disposal systems around the lakeshore; work with local groups to create a brochure for homeowners and tourists on lake care and preserving our watersheds and shorelines.

Drillwell Enterprises

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Friends Of Enos Lake

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Friends of Tod Creek Watershed

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Highlands Stewardship Foundation

Mandate: To promote (pro-actively) the principles of lake stewardship among Highlands residents, by means of grassroots, volunteer, community based initiatives.

Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute

Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute

People Protecting Poirier Society

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Prospect Lake Community Association

The Prospect Lake Community Association was formed in 1956, and is dedicated to building and conserving the community. We have a hall with an attached meeting room which is often used for meetings involving environmental issues in the community.

Our web site is

Past projects: In the winters of 1999 to 2001, the association, with help from the Provincial Ministry of the Environment and the Municipality of Saanich, carried out an extensive water sampling program on the nutrient loading of Prospect Lake. This resulted in the extensive Hans Boerger Report which concluded that the three main contributors to the nutrient loading were septic tanks 40%, inflowing streams 30%, and lake sediments 20%.

Future Projects:

  • To reduce the nutrient loading entering the lake, thereby slowing down the deterioration of the quality of the water.
  • To work with the Friends of Tod Creek in setting up a Watershed Management Plan for the Tod Creek Watershed, which includes Prospect Lake.
  • To encourage lake stewardship programs.

Quamichan Lake Stewardship Committee

Vision: Restore and maintain the health of the lake so that it can once again serve its historical role as an important fish and wildlife habitat and recreation area.

Current Projects: Quamichan Creek Survey (with support from the Pacific Salmon Foundation); Day on the Lake Community Event (Scheduled for May 12, 2007 in Art Mann Park); Two Lakes Art Festival (Scheduled for fall 2007)

Potential Projects: Quamichan Lake Salmon Restocking Initiative

Visit their website at

Salt Spring Island Water Preservation Society

The Salt Spring Island Water Preservation Society, the oldest environmental organization on Salt Spring, is a non-profit society dedicated to protecting the drinking water sources of Salt Spring Island. The Society owns and manages 272 forested acres on the slopes west of St. Mary Lake now protected by a conservation covenant. We believe that healthy lakes, streams and water bodies are essential to protecting the natural environment, quality of life and economy of our island.

Our Projects

Society Properties – Managing our nature preserve properties is an ongoing challenge. Current projects include restoring our lands that were logged to their original condition, monitoring trails, installing safety measures and signs.

Water Quality Information – We hold public meetings and work with landowners in the watersheds of the drinking water lakes to encourage land management practices that protect our drinking water.

Water Quality Threats – Island lakes are subject to blooms of algae and toxin-producing cyanobacteria. In 2011, there were blooms on three of our drinking water lakes. St. Mary Lake has been experiencing a bloom of toxin-producing cyanobacteria almost continuously now since early 2011. Management plans have been created for St. Mary and Cusheon Lake watersheds that identify the causes and solutions to the blooms. WPS is collaborating with other island groups and individuals to implement the recommendations of these plans.

Volunteers Welcome

We invite you to participate in our projects. We especially need help with the following:

  • Help maintain, protect and restore the Society’s watershed lands
  • Help remove broom from the Society’s watershed lands
  • Website maintenance
  • Help organize educational events
  • Write articles for WPS newsletter

If you are considering volunteering please write to us or email us at


Shawnigan Lake Residents Association

Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society

Sproat Lake Community Association

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Sustainable Fisheries Foundation

Victoria Golden Rods And Reels Society


  • To encourage all retired people to enjoy outdoor recreation.
  • To make all residents aware of the value of all fish, wildlife, and outdoor recreational resources of the province.
  • To arouse in the public conscience a recognition of, and respect for, the place of fish, wildlife and recreation in the wise and integrated use of natural resources of the province
  • To promote true appreciation of sportsmanship and sports safety in the light of fish and wildlife regulations and all the fair and accepted rules of fishing and to encourage goodwill between sportsmen, outdoor recreationalists and landowners.

For more information, please visit

Westshore Watershed Society

This group was previously known as the Langford Lakes and Area Protection Society.

To find out more about this group, please visit their website at: