“watebucket.ca is the key to the communications strategy for the Action Plan. The website is designed to provide the complete story on integrated land and water management – why, what, where and how,” states Mike Tanner.
“The Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia has allowed the Province to leverage partnerships to greatly enhance the profile and resulting impact of Living Water Smart,” states Kim Stephens. “The Action Plan partners are playing a key delivery role in two of the five Living Water Smart theme areas, namely: community planning and development; and efficiency, outreach, public awareness."
"A decade ago, we made a conscious decision to follow an educational rather than prescriptive path in BC. We have established higher expectations and challenged practitioners to embrace shared responsibility," stated Glen Brown. "The program goals for Living Water Smart and Green Communities constitute a ‘call to action’ on the part of local governments."
Eric Bonham has been proactive on water related issues for 40 years. He is an advocate for bringing together local government and community advocates.
The future desired by all will be created through alignment of federal, provincial, regional and local policies and actions. Major breakthroughs happen when decision makers in government work with grass-roots visionaries in the community to create desired outcomes. "Everyone needs to agree on expectations and how they will work together, and after that each community can reach its goals in its own way," stated Eric Bonham.
"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," stated Harry Nyce. "This year’s UBCM Convention will offer an opportunity to take our goals, and forge them into tangible outcomes."