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As Shawnigan Lake celebrates more than 100 years as a lakeside community, it stands at a crossroads. It looks towards a more sustainable future, but a number of significant challenges stand in the way:
Social: many of the goals and objectives defined within Shawnigan Village Official Community Plan (OCP) - including the growth and diversification of the Village itself - are limited by the absence of a realistic implementation strategy including, more specifically, the provision of community sanitary infrastructure (OCP, 2010, p. 7-8).
Environment: the decline in the health of Shawnigan Lake, resulting from many factors, including loss of rest cover within the watershed and failing septic systems along the lake edge, requires a critical re-evaluation of status quo land use policy and management practices.
Financial: the magnitude of capital investment required to implement basin-wide strategies necessitates partnerships between the public and private sectors, buy-in from local residents, and a commitment among all stakeholders to set aside historically adversarial roles in favour of a collaborative and solutions-oriented approach.