Beaufort Watershed Stewards

Beaufort Watershed Stewards

Every Drop Counts!
Mission
The Beaufort Watershed Stewards works to promote the health and resilience of local watersheds in the Beaufort Range and to ensure the quality and quantity of fresh water for the future.

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2020 Water Symposium
Third Annual Vancouver Island Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate - Comox Valley 2020 The Comox Valley organizing team for the Water Symposium...
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Annual General Membership Meeting
We are pleased to announce the 1st Annual General Meeting of the Beaufort Watershed Stewards, which was held on Thursday, January 30, 2020 in the Ships Point Fire...
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I Woke Up To The Sound Of Heavy Rain
I woke up to the sound of heavy rain this morning and it’s raining quite hard now as I write this. But by some stroke...
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Adventures in Flow Measurement
On a recent Thursday morning, under drizzly grey skies, a small group of BWS volunteers gathered in the Fanny Bay Hall parking lot. We were...
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Expanding On Our Success
Volunteers Still Welcome! Stream Sampling Program Accepted by Province As you know, we started a stream sampling program last year. We have made the data...
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BECOME A CITIZEN-SCIENTIST
BECOME A CITIZEN-SCIENTIST WITH BWS! Last year we focused on QUALITY. We began a program to gather data for three local streams, monitoring and recording specific...
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There are reports lately on the Fanny Bay Community Facebook page of well levels being lower than normal for this time of year. Some are going dry. This is not unprecedented. There were similar problems in 2015. Perhaps the time has come to take stock of how we use this resource we call water. The first thing to realize is that we all share the same aquifer. How we use water, how much water we use, affects our neighbours.

We are all drinking from the same cup but some of us simply happen to have longer straws.

The Beaufort Watershed Stewards are deeply concerned about the potential consequences of overconsumption. If we draw the aquifer down too far, at some point – we don’t know the exact point – the hydrostatic pressure from the aquifer is no longer enough to counter the pressure of the salt water trying to seep in. Most of us have wells not too far above sea level. The bottom of your well may be below sea level. The only thing standing between you and a salty well is hydrostatic pressure. Once salt water incursion happens the aquifer will no longer provide drinking water.

We need to be talking about water conservation. BWS is putting together some in depth educational material. We plan to sponsor a symposium on the problem in the near future. But in the meantime, every drop counts!

2020 Water Symposium
Third Annual Vancouver Island Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate - Comox Valley 2020 The Comox Valley organizing team for the Water Symposium...
Read More "2020 Water Symposium"
Annual General Membership Meeting
We are pleased to announce the 1st Annual General Meeting of the Beaufort Watershed Stewards, which was held on Thursday, January 30, 2020 in the Ships Point Fire...
Read More "Annual General Membership Meeting"
I Woke Up To The Sound Of Heavy Rain
I woke up to the sound of heavy rain this morning and it’s raining quite hard now as I write this. But by some stroke...
Read More "I Woke Up To The Sound Of Heavy Rain"
Adventures in Flow Measurement
On a recent Thursday morning, under drizzly grey skies, a small group of BWS volunteers gathered in the Fanny Bay Hall parking lot. We were...
Read More "Adventures in Flow Measurement"
Expanding On Our Success
Volunteers Still Welcome! Stream Sampling Program Accepted by Province As you know, we started a stream sampling program last year. We have made the data...
Read More "Expanding On Our Success"
BECOME A CITIZEN-SCIENTIST
BECOME A CITIZEN-SCIENTIST WITH BWS! Last year we focused on QUALITY. We began a program to gather data for three local streams, monitoring and recording specific...
Read More "BECOME A CITIZEN-SCIENTIST"
Well of Plenty or Edge of Crisis – Follow-up
On Sunday, April 7th, BWS, with the support of the Fanny Bay Community Association, held a town hall meeting to discuss our water supply.  ( )The...
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Save the Date!
Bring your questions and concerns for discusssion We are pleased to present this informational session. Pat Lapcevic is Section Head, Water Protection in the Ministry...
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Events

As mentioned last month, watershed protecion begins with monitoring.  BWS is moving forward with efforts to establish a monitoring program for three important local streams. We have written a funding proposal which will be presented to several key organizations involved with local water. We hope to raise the funds needed to begin our stream monitoring in time for the first scheduled measurements of the year. Donations gladly accepted. 

 

Here are some of our allies in this growing movement

Fresh Water Alliance

Vancouver Island Water Watch

B.C. Coalition for Forestry Reform

Save the Date!

Bring your questions and concerns for discusssion We are pleased to present this informational session. Pat Lapcevic is Section Head, Water Protection in the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. She …

Contact

PO Box 253

Union Bay, BC V0R 3B0