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Water Management

OP-ED ARTICLE: Kim Stephens – Celebrating a decade of living water smart in B.C., but where to from here? (published in the Vancouver Sun in June 2018)


“A game-changer flowing from Living Water Smart is the B.C. Agricultural Water Demand Model. It accounts for climate change, is applied to establish future needs for Agricultural Water Reserves, and is the engine for the online B.C. Agriculture Water Licence Calculator. Developed to support implementation of the B.C. Groundwater Regulation, the Calculator quantifies outdoor water use for any property in B.C., including residential,” wrote Kim Stephens. “As a result of initiatives inspired by Living Water Smart, we have tools and experience to “get it right”. So, through collaboration and commitment, together let’s make it happen – sooner, not later!”

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Water Licensing Calculator: Managing Water as One Resource in British Columbia


Passed by the British Columbia Legislature in Spring 2014, the Water Sustainability Act and new regulations were brought into effect on February 29, 2016. It is a game-changer because it recognizes the connection between land use actions and the implications for the both the water cycle and watershed sustainability. “The Water Sustainability Act recognizes that groundwater and surface water are interconnected and addresses the need to manage them together,” states Minister of Environment Mary Polak.

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Agriculture Water Demand Model


Ag Water Demand Model – Okanagan Basin
The Agricultural Water Demand Model was developed to provide current and future agriculture water demands for the Okanagan Basin. The full report on this project is now available. As well we have reports on the Nicola, Kettle, and Similkameen Watersheds. All are online in PDF format for viewing and printing.

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