As announced in the May 5 Local Trust Committee meeting, SSIWPA is now authorized to... Read More
SSIWPA is formed of member agencies from provincial government, local government and water service deliverers who collectively formulate and recommend appropriate policies and strategies for watershed management on Saltspring Island. The Steering Committee is the policy-making and coordinating body of SSIWPA. It is supported in its work by the Technical Working Group comprised of members-at-large with relevant expertise in water and watershed related fields and of experts from the serving agencies. SSIWPA also relies on input from Public Advisory Committees that provide a community perspective on proposed policies. A Water Supply and Conservation Committee is currently being formed to review sustainable water quantities and to recommend measures to improve water conservation.
The mandate of the Authority is "to cooperate on the development and implementation of policies and initiatives for improved raw water quality, and coordinated management of quantity of Saltspring island's water sources".
SSIWPA Guiding Principles
To consider the interrelationships of the various values of the watershed towards maintaining a balance of the natural, cultural, social and economic values of the community. To establish and respect the ecological limits of surface water and ground water watersheds. To use a consensus-based decision-making model. To ensure that all discussions and dialogue promote a proactive, respectful and cooperative approach towards all issues. To respect each participant’s commitment to professional associations or responsibilities to individual employers or self. To consult and engage the community in stewardship initiatives. To include all stakeholders that wish to be involved. To operate in an open, transparent and accountable manner. Decisions made by SSIWPA are non-binding on any member agencies.