"We can actually restore fish habitat and riparian areas, build refuge habitat, stabilize banks, stabilize sub-straits, and end up with a system that's going to be self-sustaining," stated Jack Minard, Executive Director of the Comox Valley Land Trust.
“Sooke is proud of its natural environment. And as the first community in British Columbia to integrate both rainwater and sanitary in a liquid waste management plan, we now have the tools to protect the watersheds and the Sooke Harbour and Basin for future generations," stated Mayor Janet Evans.
"Climate change significantly raises the risk of rain-generated floods and infrastructure failure. To maintain current levels of service, drainage infrastructure will need to be modified and upgraded," says Chris Jensen.
Barry Penner - Minister of Environment (120p)
For the first time, up to 40 billion litres of sewage per year will be treated before it is discharged into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The strategy incorporates resource recovery, conservation and innovation
"Water users are not even coming close to covering the full costs of the water services they enjoy. A solution is to begin charging individuals and businesses what water really is worth, based on the volume they use," states Kirk Stinchcombe.
"The Discussion Paper appears to miss the opportunity for an integrated watershed management approach. CAVI's experience suggests that integration of land use and water management at the regional or local level is germane to successfully reforming the Water Act," wrote John Finnie,
"An adaptive, integrated watershed-based approach to water management that recognizes groundwater and surface water as the same resource requiring protection, regardless of use, is required," states Mike Donnelly.
Mike Zbarsky (120p) - Comox Valley Regional District
People are generally disconnected from water…where it comes from, what its value is, and where it goes to. Turn the tap and water comes out….pressure wash the driveway and water goes down a drain…out of sight, out of mind…disconnected.