Environmental Services

Coastal Douglas-fir and Western Hemlock ecosystems dominate the 19 significant watersheds that drain into Sooke Bay, Inlet, Harbour and Basin. Eighteen of these watersheds are within the District of Sooke boundaries. Fourteen of these watersheds are known to be fish-bearing. These watersheds are habitat to bears, cougars, deer, many sensitive ecosystems and species at risk.

Community resources are available to protect our streams and the marine environment. The Liquid Waste Management Plan contains a wealth of information related to rainwater management, aquatic ecosystems and community involvement. This information is available in the Liquid Waste Management Plan (Rainwater) this website and includes:

  • Spill Prevention and Response
  • Rainwater Management
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Mapping
  • Funding
  • Streamkeeper and Shorekeeper Training
  • Recognition for Environmental Stewardship

The District of Sooke is working to protect the environment through climate change initiatives and taking responsibility for a sustainable, positive community future by ensuring the ongoing health of the social, economic, and natural environment through climate protection, both within and surrounding community. Climate change goals include increasing local renewable energy production, while decreasing energy consumption, and improving energy efficiency. The District of Sooke is committed to reducing its municipal operations to a carbon-neutral status by 2012.

On a community level, the District of Sooke is partnering with the T’Sou‐ke Nation in regard to opportunities to implement a clean and renewable energy economy and reduce GHG emissions to 20 percent below 2006 levels by 2012, 33 percent below 2006 levels by 2020.