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.
The Great Victoria Greenbelt Society considers the natural world
to be a precious and necessary partner to the healthy existence
of all beings including humans. We believe that all aspects of nature
deserve to be respected and protected now and for future generations.
In spending time in nature, we undergo a process of deepening
our insight and awareness, a process in which we strengthen our connection with
the natural environment. This fundamental shift in our
perspective allows us to realize our ties and responsibility to all life.
By mindfully cultivating our relationship with nature, we can re-awaken our understanding
of the critical interdependence of all life, and naturally be inspired
to protect it from destructive practices.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.