The Water Team’s aim is to better understand Quadra’s overall water situation and to ensure the island has adequate resources to carry its human community in concert with Quadra’s flora and fauna through a prolonged summer drought. Our island is drying out and we are experiencing more extreme weather events. Our fire risk is increasing and storing water is a priority.
We continue with our distribution of 250-gallon food-grade water tanks at cost. At our request, our local bookstore, Book Bonanza, is now carrying Essentials of Water Collection by Rob Avis. It is a good resource for islanders and a copy is now available at the local library.
We are also partnering with Quadra Elementary on a wetlands restoration project on school property.
Also underway is a geohydrological survey of the entire island, including watersheds, the extent of the deep and shallow aquifers, and rainfall. We need to know more than we presently do about our vital water resource in order to plan wisely in these changing times. We will be applying to the federal and provincial governments for funding for these surveys as well as for specific projects dealing with water management.
Have an idea for us or a story about water on Quadra? Want to help out with one of the projects underway? We would greatly welcome your involvement! Please email Bernie Amell <firstname.lastname@example.org>, and he will be in touch.