“Wetlands provide economic, cultural, recreational and ecological ecosystem services. Despite their high value, wetlands continue to be degraded and lost. To reverse this loss and promote wetland conservation, the BC Wildlife Federation organized a Wetlands Workshop for Municipalities to strengthen the Metro Vancouver region’s capacity to secure wetlands as green infrastructure for the benefit of nature and human health," states Neil Fletcher.
An advocate of the “top down bottom up” principle of engagement, Tim Pringle has been a consistent champion for local involvement and recognizes the value of stewardship groups and community groups in working towards a common vision based upon universal values.
Known for his initiative and creative ideas and that invaluable quality of recognizing the limitations of government policy, Ted van der Gulik has always been prepared within the system to ‘think outside the pipe’ and find solutions for the common good, and as a result, has provided an incredible public service to British Columbia.
“Over the past four years government has engaged widely with British Columbians. We have used this input to create legislation that provides greater certainty for water users, improves environmental protection, and better responds to local and regional needs. The Water Sustainability Act recognizes that groundwater and surface water are interconnected and addresses the need to manage them together," stated Mary Polak.
"In just two years of program implementation, 23 Water Smart communities have reduced community water demand by an average of 12 per cent, with some achieving savings of more than 30 per cent. How? By focusing their conservation activities where the potential savings are biggest: reducing leakage in the distribution system," reports Meredith Hamstead.
“The Stream of Dreams Murals Society mission is to change environmental behaviour through education and the creation of public art,” says Louise Towell. “The ‘fish on fences’ program creates awareness of a school’s local watershed through experiential learning."
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