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 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 through a grant program administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia, which is supported by both the provincial and federal governments.

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 is currently seeking grant funding to support.

For more information, see the Tsolum River Agricultural Watershed Plan Phase One report.