Tsolum River Agricultural Watershed Planning
The Tsolum River watershed and its aquifers provide water that is critical to the health of the local agricultural community and the health of the environment. The Tsolum River and its aquifers also provide drinking water for homes, businesses, a school, and community centres.
The Tsolum watershed is heavily influenced by seasonal variations in precipitation. In the winter, plentiful rain brings high water levels and occasional flooding. In dry summer months, stream flows become very low at the same time that agricultural producers, fish, and residents need water the most. Groundwater is an important source for irrigation water and in-stream flows in the summer, however, its availability varies.
Salmon in the Tsolum River during the month of August.
The CVRD is engaged in a agricultural watershed planning process for the Tsolum River to address current and future concerns about water availability for agriculture, instream and community needs. This work is funded in part by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Government of British Columbia through programs delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C.
Information on water and agriculture was gathered and analyzed as part of Phase One of this process, which concluded in February 2019. Phase One also included recommendations for further plan development; for which the CVRD has recently been awarded further grant funding to support. Watch this space for updates as this next phase of work gets underway in fall 2019.
For more information, see the Tsolum River Agricultural Watershed Plan Phase One report.