Healthy forests are the backbone of watersheds. Forests of high biodiversity act like a sponge, which holds water on the land and allows clean filtered water into streams and rivers. This helps to ensure healthy fisheries. Unhealthy watersheds tend to have low biodiversity. Water is not retained on the land and erosion is increased. This results in unhealthy stream, river and fisheries and communities.
In February 2014, presentation of a Progress Report to the Capital Regional District created the opportunity for Councillor Judith Cullington to state that: "For many year, I have been following your work; and I have seen you build up this massive resource inventory of all kinds of information related to watersheds and a watershed-based approach to community planning."
"I have watched this initiative grow both in capacity and influential reach over the years. You are addressing the key elements that contribute to societal and cultural change, which in this case, is leading the way to a more sustainable future," writes Dianne Ramage.
"The Conservation Community of Practice, supported by BC Hydro, but in existence because of its members, was created to bring together like minded conservation champions across BC to collaborate and share best practices on community based conservation initiatives," explained Pia Nagpal.
"I’m very impressed with how actively you are pushing Water Sustainability in BC. It’s great to see this proactive approach. I really like the 'no nonsense, lets get this problem solved attitude'. It’s very refreshing," stated Peter MacDonagh.
"You do a great job of connecting dots! These dots happen to be glowing red and close together (and thus easy to connect), but you have demonstrated the ability to bring folk together that ordinarily don’t want to see dots connected. Keep up the good work," praises Tom Holz.
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