A variety of non-profit organizations are working to protect fresh water, lands, forests and oceans on Vancouver Island and British Columbia as a whole. The following includes a selection of our partner stewardship organizations with links to their websites.
Code Blue is a plan to secure and sustain BC’s fresh water sources–forever. The plan has three components:
- Get tough on water wasters and polluters.
- Make big industrial users pay to clean up the damage they’ve done and restore our watersheds.
- Give local people the power and resources to restore and manage their local water sources.
The Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC originated as an inter-governmental partnership. On their website you can find calculators for water conservation in various settings including residential and agricultural. There are also links to data on evapotransiration data from sites throughout BC. Other foci include: green infrastructure, water-centric planning, rainwater management, water use and conservation.
In the Comox Valley Regional District, Project Watershed may best be known for the Kus-kus-sum ‘Unpave Paradise’ project. They also have projects aimed at coastal restoration of kelp forests, salt marshes and the offer educational programing. The organization’s goal is the protection and restoration of local watershed and associated sensitive habitats.
The goal of the Comox Valley Land Trust is to protect ecologically significant land in the Comox Valley. They are partners in protecting the Morrison Headwaters Nature Preserve and 27 acres of the Father Charles Brandt Hermitage on the Oyster River among other sites. They publish the conservation calendar each year highlighting the work of local stewardship organizations.
The Freshwater Alliance is a national initiative that inspires and supports a network of freshwater guardians working for a future where all our waters are healthy and safe. The alliance has for main areas of activity: training and coaching for freshwater groups, uniting the hundreds of community-based freshwater groups across Canada, providing access to freshwater resources and opportunities, and mobilizing freshwater defenders.
The Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition was founded by a small group of concerned citizens in 2005 due to a concerted effort to privatize community water systems by profit seeking out of province and out of country corporations. Our goal is to inform citizens of the dangers of privatizing our water and the watersheds that sustain our communities. We believe that a well informed public will make the right choices for themselves, the communities they live in and the generations who will follow. Their site has links to 15 mid Vancouver Island member organizations.