“It was a real pleasure to take part in the panel and in particular to hear about the far-sighted and imaginative approach that the BC Government is taking to identifying, managing and educating people about the province’s water management issues. I am sure that this approach will provide lessons for other areas that seek to address their water management needs,” stated Peter Williams.
“OKIM is the acronym for Okanagan Irrigation Management,” stated Ted van der Gulilk. “This online tool allows landowners to obtain information on metered water use, calculated theoretical water demand, and land use data for their properties.”
Convening for Action in British Columbia: “When we gather it is for a purpose; there must be an outcome”, says Kim Stephens
“It has been one conversation at a time. It is not ‘talking at’ people. Somebody has to provide an excuse to bring people together. Local government people started talking to each other and sharing. We started seeing ripple effects,” stated Kim Stephens.
“We will use this coming together of BC's local leaders to share and learn from each other's experiences, and gain ideas to move our own communities forward,” said Harry Nyce.
“We needed a way for all the departments to hear the same information at the same time; and we needed to know what is most relevant. The most efficient way to satisfy our information needs was to gather as a group and have a conversation with Kim Stephens,” stated Rodney Stott.
In his presentation, Kim Stephens responded to these questions: What potential crises is British Columbia facing presently or in the future regarding water? What is the state of current Provincial policies? What changes are needed and what lessons can we learn from other areas facing similar challenges?