“In applying the water balance philosophy to the Okanagan in its entirety, the proposed paradigm would be: 'the Basin is the site'. Ultimately it would both pose and suggest answers to the question: How much of the basin’s water needs will have to be found through improved practices to ensure the ongoing vitality of its communities?”, wrote Ron Smith.
"Drawing on the experience of two international
experts, workshops held in Vancouver and in Victoria connected the dots between why harvest rainwater and how to cost-effectively implement rainwater collection, storage, treatment and delivery systems. Delegates left the workshops with a new understanding of the similarities in the challenges we now face in BC to those that Australians, Germans, Japanese and others are beginning to overcome," wrote Colwyn Sunderland.
"Water management can be viewed on a continuum (or spectrum) that includes three distinct approaches: supply-side, demand management, and the "soft path". There is a growing awareness of the need to talk in these terms. Furthermore, this awareness is helping to focus attention on what practitioners can do to turn ideas into action," says Oliver Brandes.
"New approaches for water security are needed right now," says Dr. David Brooks. "You could learn to live without oil, and we should, but you will not survive without fresh water. Climate chaos will force us to re-think how we manage our voracious demand for energy and water. We offer the Soft Path as a way to do that—a way that respects the environment and leads to social prosperity."
"This report builds on the strength of the action plans laid out in previous reports. At a Watershed goes beyond the urban environment, addressing specific issues of governance. This final instalment creates the holistic solution for long-term water sustainability in Canada," states Oliver Brandes.
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