STORY #1 “The spotlight is on how to implement the regional team approach - that is, a unified approach from all levels of government. At the end of the day, water is the underpinning of the community, and an integrated watershed approach to settlement is essential," states Kevin Lorette.
STORY #2 "As we look ahead to where we want to be in 2010, we envision that the 2009 Series will provide us with the springboard to achieve integration of current Comox Valley regional initiatives in subsequent phases of collaboration," states Kevin Lagan.
STORY #3 “Community values that are focused on the ultimate goal of settlement in balance with ecology ought to direct decisions on development proposals. And if communities align their efforts to achieve a shared vision, this will go a long way to determining what Vancouver Island as a whole will look like in 50 years,” states Tim Pringle.
STORY #4 “Development activity and population growth is putting extreme pressure on our regional water resources, both in terms of protecting water supply sources and preventing rainwater runoff impacts in streams and rivers," states Michael Zbarsky.
STORY #5 “Nature has no borders; it does not recognize political or philosophical boundaries and it is essential for the health of human and non-human communities alike. To view nature in this way represents a modern advance in civil society," states Jack Minard.
STORY #6 “The regional team approach is exciting because it will enable us to set a direction. We have the tools. We have the knowledge. Now we all need is the formal mandate to get on with watershed-based land use planning," states Marvin Kamenz.
STORY #7 “At the end of the day, planners and engineers and other disciplines must come together to determine the issues and solutions. No statute will help them do that. Living Water Smart is about motivating and inspiring everyone to embrace shared responsibility," states Lynn Kriwoken.