“Because groundwater licencing is a requirement under the Water Sustainability Act, the Province looked to the Partnership to develop an agriculture water licencing tool,” wrote Ted van der Gulik. “The tool went live on February 29th and is now being used by those applying for a water licence as well as the water licence adjudicators. Additions that have been added to the tool include groundwater and watershed boundaries.”
Annual General Meetings
“The journey to a water-resilient future would be guided by Cathedral Thinking,” states Kim Stephens. “The concept dates back to medieval times. It aptly describes the inter-generational commitment that would be required to achieve a ‘design with nature’ vision – one that integrates water balance solutions into land use decisions, and restores ecosystem values.”
2015 AGM – “Feast AND Famine Workshop” attracts a large crowd to celebrate the 5th anniversary of incorporation of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC
Bob Sandford, water champion and author, was the keynote speaker for the workshop that was built around the AGM. “After a period of relative hydro-climatic stability, changes in the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere have resulted in the acceleration of the global hydrologic cycle with huge implications for every region of the world and every sector of the global economy,” stated Bob Sandford.
The Vancouver Sun’s Larry Pynn covered the 2015 Annual General Meeting. In his front-page report, Pynn wrote that “British Columbians are fooling themselves if they think feel-good market gardens are the solution to making the province less reliant on outside food services.”
“We are particularly proud of what we are facilitating via the Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative. Launched in 2012, the IREI is a partnership of five regional districts representing 75% of BC’s population. The IREI is enabling ‘sharing & learning’ through inter-regional collaboration. Everyone benefits. Why reinvent the wheel when you can adapt what others are successfully doing?,” stated Kim Stephens.
2015 AGM – Report from Chair of CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island provides a perspective on initiative evolution
“CAVI is one of the Partnership’s key programs involving practitioners, and is evolving. This has been a year of distinctive advancement in the general premise of ‘we get it, now let’s implement it’ approach as it relates to asset management and ecological balance. While the principles are well understood, the hard link of proof of concept has been, until now, elusive,” wrote Derek Richmond, CAVI Chair.
“The Province passed the new Water Sustainability Act in 2014 and is currently working on implementation. Groundwater is one of the first initiatives being tackled by the province. It is estimated that 20,000 existing wells will be required to be licensed. The Partnership is building an online agriculture water licensing tool for the province. The licensing tool will use results from the Agriculture Water Demand Model,” reported Ted van der Gulik.
“The Partnership has both voting and non-voting categories of membership. Non-voting members are Associate Members. Anyone with an interest in water sustainability or green infrastructure can join as a non-voting member just by going to waterbucket.ca and registering online. Since September 2012, over 380 individuals have signed up, with 100 people joining in the past year alone,” reported Peter Law.
The Partnership’s Annual Report provides a synopsis of program activities and accomplishments over the past year, as well as a look ahead to 2016 and beyond. “In 2015, we are celebrating the 5th anniversary of the incorporation of the Partnership as a legal entity. We are building on a foundation that was laid more than a decade earlier. We embrace shared responsibility. We are excited by what can be accomplished through collaboration and partnerships,” states Kim Stephens.
2014 Annual General Meeting: Partnership for Water Sustainability recognized Irrigation Industry as a “Champion Supporter”
“The IIABC is collaborating with the Partnership to build a foundation for future change, This collaboration will help us align our industry education and certification offerings that include efficient irrigation systems. This will also assist us in supporting our membership with sustainable irrigation practices. We all need to be accountable for our water resource. With shared tools and programs; we can collaborate to make a difference,” stated Keesha Rosario.