patroltruck-snowThe current protection and stewardship programs for the Greater Victoria Water Supply Area and water supply infrastructure include:

  • Safeguarding source water and water supply catchment lands through effective wildfire preparedness, prevention, detection, suppression and forest fuel hazard reduction; watershed security; and response to spills of hazardous materials and other emergencies, 
  • Establishing and maintaining a healthy, resilient forest and ecosystem health by restoring disturbedareas, managing invasive plant species, and monitoring for forest insects and diseases.
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    Monitoring and actively managing wildlife species and domestic animals that pose a risk to water quality or the safety of workers, preventing the establishment of undesirable animal species, and considering the health of populations and habitat needs of native wildlife species, particularly those designated “at risk” in BC.

     

  • Managing the existing road network within the Water Supply Area to maintain a reliable, practical and economical means of access for watershed management activities and to access water supply/storage facilities and water quality monitoring sites, while minimizing interference with watershed hydrology.

     

  • Protecting and maintaining source water reservoirs and facilities and structures by controlling floating woody debris and managing vegetation along rights of way, on the face of dams and spillways and surrounding water supply structures and facilities.

     

  • Carrying out landscape level ecological inventories and analyses and risk assessments and developing risk management plans.

     

  • Mapping and data management in support of watershed stewardship goals and programs.

     

  • Monitoring key environmental parameters and facilitating research to better understand environmental change and the relationships between ecological conditions and water quality.