Watershed (or drainage basin): an area or region defined by the height of land and drained by a river, river system, or other body of water.
Stewardship: responsible use and protection of the environment through conservation and sustainable practices.
Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Clayoquot Sound and Barkley Sound represent two grand watersheds of enormous ecological and cultural significance. As one of the most ecologically rich landscapes on the planet (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve), our region supports thousands of marine and terrestrial species as well as several thriving coastal communities. The goal of Raincoast Watershed Stewardship Project is to work to ensure that activities within the local land-base have a minimal impact on the overall watershed. By working with residents, businesses, local government and First Nations, our project will provide people with the necessary information to responsibly use our water and responsibly dispose of our wastewater.
Rain isn’t just abundant here, it’s a way of life, and a good supply of clean water is an essential asset that is worth protecting and conserving. Minimizing excessive use and reducing water pollution starts with making an effort to be aware of what we do and how we’re interacting with our watershed on a daily basis. It’s as simple as being careful of what goes down the kitchen sink or leaving the hose coiled up and sweeping the driveway instead. Or we can take further steps like installing water catchment or greywater recovery systems. It can be a little difficult to know where to start sometimes, so the purpose of this site is to provide interactive and easily-accessible solutions to many of these challenges. Going one step further, we hope to connect you with the green products and technologies you’re after and the local people who can install them.