“Water Sustainability. Habitat Enhancement. Land Security. These are important focal points for the Parksville 2019 Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate,” stated John Finnie, Chair


Reproduced below from the 2018 Annual Report is the Report from the Chair (John Finnie),Vancouver Island Water Stewardship Annual Symposium Series. To download a copy of the 2018 Annual Report, click here.

A civil and environmental engineer, John Finnie has over 40 years of water, wastewater and solid waste regulatory and utility management experience with the BC Ministry of Environment and the Regional District of Nanaimo. John received the first BCWWA Leadership in Water Sustainability Award for his accomplishments, in particular for his work in championing the Regional District of Nanaimo Drinking Water & Watershed Protection initiative.

He was a member of the Project Steering Committee for the guidance document Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia, released in 2002.

Convening for Action in Parksville: April 2-3-4, 2019

Water Sustainability.  Habitat Enhancement.  Land Security.  These are important focal points for the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC, the Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society (MVIHES), and the Nanaimo Area Land Trust (NALT).  These non-government groups are instrumental in maintaining the health and diversity of our watersheds, as in indeed, in maintaining their very function.

Is it too late?  Evidence suggests that in some cases it may be.  The 2nd Annual Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate will provide some insight to this and other questions about our water resource.

The first symposium in 2018 struck a chord with the approximate 200 participants, who rallied for another event. So we bring you Parksville 2019.

The themes for this year’s symposium are Sustainable Stream Restoration and Restorative Land Development. Stand-alone initiatives but intrinsically linked to a Design with Nature philosophy. PWSBC, MVIHES and NALT have brought together experts in the field to speak, and to educate and challenge participants about the critical importance of recognizing that what happens on the land in the creekshed does matter to streams.

We need to get it right this time – we may not have another chance.

April 2, 3, & 4 in Parksville.  Attend, participate, share, learn.  And make a difference.