Beaufort Watershed Stewards

Our Mission

The Beaufort Watershed Stewards work to promote the health and resilience of local watersheds in the Beaufort Range and to ensure the quality and quantity of fresh water for the future.

Watershed Health Report Card 2021

Protecting our Forests: Tools for Action

The Land

We respectfully acknowledge that the watersheds we depend on are on the Unceded Traditional Territory of the K’ómoks, Pentlatch and Qualicum First Nations, the traditional keepers of this land.

Announcing: BWS Interactive Web Maps !

Searchable maps of the aquifers on the eastern slopes of the Beaufort Mountain Range. This work is the result of Beaufort Watershed Stewards’ collaboration with the University of Victoria and Vancouver Island University

2D Map of BWS Sampling Sites

3D Satellite Map of Watersheds


PO Box 253, Union Bay, BC V0R 3B0

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Our Video

Treasures of Stream Time

It seems so long ago, but it’s only been six years since a few of us in Fanny Bay began wondering how climate change might affect our water supply. This idle pondering led to the formation of a watershed stewardship group. At first, we thought the Wilfred Creek Watershed Stewards …

A Tale of Two Creeks

The drought drags on and things continue to get drier and drier and drier. It’s the first week of August and it’s a welcome treat to visit our stream sampling sites. Shady little oases of resilience, they provide respite. The air feels moist, the bushes and vines have exploded in …

Refundables: A Major Operation

For those of you following the activities of Beaufort Watershed Steward, you may already be aware that refundables (cans, bottles, certain dairy and tetra pack containers) are a key source of revenue for BWS. We have an impressive collection, sorting and delivery process run under the careful guidance of Lise …

Re-thinking Water Use

Our BWS colleague, Wendy Holm, is spotlighted in Shaw’s video explaining her ecologically responsible approach to water bottling. Beaufort Watershed Stewards monitors continuous water levels through our Well Monitoring Program that helps assess the status of our aquifers. This is an excellent example of the ways we need to re-think …

River Never Sleeps 2023

The 2023 festival was a well attended event with lots of fun all around. Our BWS crew were able to share information on what we know and don’t know about water status in our watersheds. Thanks to our passbook question, we had the opportunity to learn about water sources and …

2023 Earth Day Walk

The rain held and the forest was glorious! Our Earth Day celebration took place in one of our favorite and most pristine locations in our watersheds: Lower Waterloo Creek Forest. We held a guided interpretive walk led by Verna Mumby, whose knowledge of trees, mosses, ferns and insects held us …