On a positive note, Kim Stephens said the water issue is gaining a prominence in the public’s mind which it has never had. “People in general have not appreciated how vulnerable we’ve always been. They’re beginning to see how essential it is,” he said. Stephens advises the public to stay positive and not succumb to a negative state of mind. “Drought is not the end of the world. Australia survived a seven-year drought. People get through it,” he said.
"It is evident that there are many champions in local government; and it is important that we recognize and celebrate what they are doing. This is all part of creating our future. And when we ask ‘what will this community look like in 50 years’, we can point to the green infrastructure examples and then we will know what it will look like in 50 years," stated Mayor Lois Jackson.
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.”
The Board comprises Richard Boase, Peter Law, Tim Pringle, Derek Richmond, Mike Tanner and Ted van der Gulik. All have demonstrated via past performance that they can make an effective contribution in achieving the Partnership vision for settlement, economy and ecology in balance.
"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.
"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.
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