FLASHBACK TO 2006: A message from Barry Penner, former Minister of the Environment, lauded the success of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia

“I am pleased with the continuing success of the partnership in providing program delivery for the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia,” stated Barry Penner. “This initiative is all about sharing information and promoting water stewardship at the community level. I value the important role this partnership is playing in promoting water awareness and supporting communities to integrate water management practices with local land use planning and development programs."

FLASHBACK TO 2010: Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia was incorporated as a society to create a lasting legacy for the Water Sustainability Action Plan

The 2010 Land Awards Gala provided a platform for announcing formation of the Partnership as a not-for-profit society. "The Partnership will continue to evolve and deliver program elements developed under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia," stated Tim Pringle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIat9DuA4pc

Inter-regional collaboration on Vancouver Island: Local government champions share the proverbial wheel, rather than reinventing it

“We have seven basin-scale ‘water region’ areas for planning and communication purposes,” reports Julie Pisani (Regional District of Nanaimo). “Our goal was to produce a publication that profiled the health of key streams in each water region and connected residents with the waterways in their neighbourhood. The State of our Streams publications we produced were modelled on the template used by the City of Courtenay."

Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia recognizes the Corporation of Delta as one of its “Champion Supporters”

"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.

“Embrace shared responsibility. Create a legacy for those who follow in our footsteps,” says Lynn Kriwoken, Executive Director, BC Ministry of Environment

“The Water Sustainability Action Plan has allowed the Province to leverage partnerships to greatly enhance the profile and resulting impact of Living Water Smart. The Partnership for Water Sustainability is playing a key delivery role in several theme areas, in particular developing tools for local government and providing training to support an environmentally adaptive approach to community design," stated Lynn Kriwoken.

Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative: Year 3 Program

"In Year 3, the program is built around an Inter-Regional Collaboration Workshop Series. The spotlight is on the Watershed Health issue and how to move forward with implementation and integration, really. This sharing and learning process aligns with each region’s priorities and individual work plans. The deliverable is 'Beyond the Guidebook 2015," reports Peter Law.

Partnership for Water Sustainability collaborates with APEGBC to co-present a seminar on “Sustainable Rainwater Management: Mimic the Water Balance to Protect Watershed and Stream Health”

"We look forward to informing and educating APEGBC members about provincial policies and initiatives, local government innovation and precedents, and new web-based decision tools so that those who are municipal practitioners will be better equipped to implement rainwater management practices that mimic the Water Balance,” states Tim Pringle.

Partnership for Water Sustainability collaborates with Irrigation Industry Association to co-present “A Workshop on Rainwater Harvesting in British Columbia”

"The IIABC is collaborating to build a foundation for future change in order to help us align our industry education and certification offerings that include efficient irrigation systems. We all need to be accountable for our water resource. With shared tools and programs; we can collaborate to make a difference," states Keesha Rosario.