Water – Our Most Important Resource
Fresh, potable water is the world’s most important resource. The challenges faced on Salt Spring are not unique to our Island. Following are articles and resource sites that highlight water around the globe, including the challenges faced and solutions found. We will continue to add to this section.
Water On Salt Spring
Capital Regional District (CRD) – Climate Change Data and Indicators: includes
- Climate Projections for the Capital Region May 2017
- Coastal Sea Level Rise Risk Assessment Report 2015
Salt Spring Water Council – Make Every Drop Count: Water Conservation Forum Report – July 2015
Salt Spring Water Council – Various reports and documents
Drinking Water in BC
Following are links to recent releases from the Province.
- Water – Province of BC
- Value of Water – Learn more about the value of water and water conservation and much more.
- BC drought response plan: http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/docs/2015/Drought-Response-Plan-Update-June-2015.pdf
- FAQ on BC drought response plan: http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/docs/2015/BC-Drought-Response-Plan-FAQ-June-2015.pdf
- Webpage introducing the above with links: http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/response.html
- News release on the fishing closures (here and Van Isl) that are part of the provincial drought response: http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/docs/2015/2015FLNR0158-001012.pdf
- Drought on Vancouver & the Southern Gulf Islands – Low Levels in Cowichan River Raising Concern – Global News – June 24, 2015
- BC Drought Map
- BC Government Urges Islanders to Conserve due to Level 3 Drought Conditions – June 2015
- Island Health – Chief Medical Health Officer charts course for improved drinking water – Water, Water Everywhere: Drinking Water in Island Health (pdf) November 27, 2014
- Fraser Basin Council – Rethinking Our Water Ways (pdf) October 2011
- The Water Act and the new Water Sustainability Act and related information
What is Hydrology?
- Hydrology of Canada – website – Government of Canada
- What is Hydrology? website – The US Government Water Science School
Around the World
- Water Education Foundation – Small Systems, Big Challenges
- California’s vanishing lakes are a climate change cautionary tale
- Strategy for Coping with Drought in California
- Dealing with Drought: Making Tough (and Smart) Choices for Overcoming Water Scarcity
- Why Wells are Running Dry – Study: Ground Water is Mostly Unrenewable – November 2015
- World’s lakes are warming suprisingly quickly due to climate change: Canadian lakes and those that are ice-covered in winter are warming twice as fast as others. – December 2015
- Lake Poopo, Bolivia’s 2nd Largest Lake Dries Up – December 2015
- UN Warns World Faces 40 percent water shortfall by 2030
Health Canada – Blue-Green Algae (Cyanobacteria) and their Toxins
Blue-Green Algae common in Every Province – article from the Kenora Daily Miner & News
Cure for blue-green algae proposed: Montreal – The Quebec government is studying the use of artificial islands to soak up excess water-borne nutrients that are causing toxic blue-green algae to invade the province’s lakes and rivers again this year.
Blue-green algae concerns world experts: At a time when blue-green algae is choking lakes in many parts of Canada, 1,500 experts from 61 countries met in Montreal to discuss the problems confronting the world’s fresh water.
Research paper from the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences: High microcystin concentrations occur only at low nitrogen-to-phosphorus ratios in nutrient-rich Canadian lakes
Liver toxin found in lakes of every province: Highest concentrations of microcystin found in waters of Alberta and Manitoba – By Bob Weber, Canadian Press August 15, 2012
Lakes in Every Province are Becoming a Health Hazard: August 15, 2012 o Canada.com
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