The Beaver Elk Environmental Stewards (BEES) are a dedicated group of families, neighbours of the lakes, anglers, rowers, boaters and paddlers, equestrians, nature enthusiasts, runners, swimmers, walkers, dog owners and visitors. We are united with the intent to see the lakes and their environment restored to health. The BEES want Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park to be a special destination for all visitors to Vancouver Island, and a place for safe and sustainable enjoyment for those of us who call Saanich and Greater Victoria home.
We seek to join with and build on the work of the established stewards of the these waters and lands in the traditional territory of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich) and the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees and Esquimalt) Nations.
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.
The Shawnigan Basin Society, a non-profit organization, was incorporated in October 2012. We work to promote a holistic approach toward environmental solutions, community engagement, and local stewardship.
Working to protect and secure the long-term heal and safety of the Shawnigan Lake Community Watershed and the drinking water it provides.
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.