“The approach that we took in the Englishman River Watershed was to involve the community,” stated Gilles Wendling. “The long-term health of watersheds depends upon the stewardship of the people who live in the watershed. By getting them involved, the community connects to its watershed, its complexity and how it works. Community members will then be able to more willingly modify their behaviour and management of the land.”
"When much of California is facing drought and limited water supplies, capturing and reusing every drop of water will not only be clever, but crucial. By moving water away from the people and places that need it, stormwater cannot percolate into the ground and replenish water we keep drilling deeper and deeper to reach. Californians can counteract the negative impacts of stormwater runoff by promoting water infiltration at our houses or businesses," wrote Paula Luu.
Alfonso Rivera is determined to help fill a knowledge gap with his mapping projects and a new book, Canada’s Groundwater Resources, which is aimed at not just researchers but the public. “Nationally we have no idea what our groundwater resources are...we don’t how much we can use, if it is sustainable, how it interacts with ecosystems," states Rivera.
Linda Nowlan (120p) A provincewide system would be relatively straightforward to administer, could be easily integrated with surface water licensing, and would honour principles for water law reform set out by the province.
The association represents not only water well drillers, but also geotechnical and geoexchange drillers, pump installers, hydrogeologists, water purveyors who rely on ground water, and technical people from all levels of government.
Groundwater Bylaws Toolkit - cover (360p) The Toolkit presents the basic principles of groundwater science, outlines the jurisdiction for managing groundwater, and provides practical land use management tools that can be used by local government to support the protection of groundwater resources.
The best approach to addressing emerging issues will involve a combination of education, enforcement, and voluntary actions. Living Water Smart will play a key role in ensuring the success of these actions long term.
When the Township of Langley hosted the second event in "Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation in Metro Vancouver: The 2007 Series", groundwater aquifer protection was a focus because the Township relies on groundwater for almost half of its drinking water supply. This makes the Township and the City of White Rock unique amongst Metro Vancouver municipalities.
The British Columbia Ground Water Association now has members from 70 drilling companies, 31 manufacturers and suppliers, and 17 professional and technical companies. It also has 34 associate members. It is currently working with government to obtain certification for well drillers and pump installers.
Ground water is one of British Columbia’s most precious natural resources. More than 750,000 British Columbians get their drinking water from wells, and about 75 percent of the ground water extracted in the province is used to support the B.C. economy. Demand continues to grow, and in recent years ground water has even been increasingly used as a viable source of low-temperature geothermal energy for heating and/or cooling. Despite its importance, the ground water resource has, in the past, lacked adequate legal protection.
A scenario comparison tool to assess green infrastructure effectiveness, achieve a lighter 'water footprint' and protect stream health. Learn More
The Water Conservation Calculator illustrates how specific water conservation measures can yield both fiscal and physical water savings for communities. Learn More
This Landscape Irrigation Scheduling Calculator uses real-time daily evapotranspiration (ET) rates determined from climate stations located within British Columbia. Learn More
This Agricultural Irrigation Scheduling Calculator uses real-time daily evapotranspiration (ET) rates determined from climate stations located within British Columbia. Learn More
The BC Agriculture Water Calculator enables water licensing for all irrigation purposes, whether agricultural or landscape. All non-domestic users of groundwater in BC are required to obtain a licence. Learn More