Coming Together for Freshwater Stewardship on Galiano Island
Start date: 1 March, 2017
End date: 31 December, 2017
Our project aims to bring life back to freshwater awareness for the local and seasonal communities of Galiano island. We hope to involve the Galiano community as a whole, including school children and seniors. it will nurture a spark in the community to embrace respectful and sustainable water stewardship practices as a community, and offer practical solutions for improving conservation at a household level.
Nature of the Project Reach
This project is about Canada as much as it is about Galiano. As a nation blessed with abundant freshwater resources, we are often prone to over-consumption and neglect of our freshwater reserves. In the face of rapid climate change, population growth and deforestation (both nationally and on the Gulf Islands), Galiano Island's water risk offers a poignant Canadian case study and an opportunity to redirect our path. Many homes run out of water each summer, and wells are experiencing saltwater intrusion from overuse. We must address these trends before they become much more severe. Stewardship of Canada's landscape and resources has been central to its development from the beginning. This project aims to nurture dialogue on community freshwater stewardship into the future.
Project goals are to ignite community discussion and engagement
around effective, sustainable water stewardship practices for Galiano Island in the long-term. This education will be supplemented by Tap by Tap Program home water saving kits and other basic equipment that people can install in their homes to improve their personal water conservation. This strategy is based around concrete, simple ways to conserve daily water use while offering education and outreach to improve awareness.
Outreach and education at community events on Galiano or in other communities in the region.