“In 2018, the Partnership redefined the role of membership in our society. This change was a result of legislated changes to the BC Societies Act. As we move forward into the next decade, our leadership team will continue to strengthen our partnerships with “not for profit” organizations to achieve two objectives – assist us in our mission; and benefit from our tools and expertise. In particular, we see the stewardship sector of BC – whose members work to monitor, protect and restore natural aquatic ecosystems – as an important partner,” stated Peter Law.
“The Partnership originated as an inter-governmental initiative almost two decades ago, became the BC Water Sustainability Committee in 2003, and then 9 years ago on November 19, 2010 was incorporated as a not-for-profit society,” stated Ray Fung. “The mission of the Partnership is to develop tools and talent, and focus on outcomes that align regional and local actions with a provincial policy, program and regulatory framework for achieving water and watershed sustainability.”
2019 REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT: “The Partnership has a second 5-year agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture to make the Agriculture Water Demand Model operational province-wide,” stated Ted van der Gulik
“PWSBC success is accomplished by partnering with the provincial government, local governments, non-profit societies and practitioners. Our successes are only possible with their support and efforts,” stated Ted van der Gulik. “The Partnership is responsible for three provincial tools that support ongoing implementation of the Water Sustainability Act. The three are the Agriculture Water Licencing Tool, Landscape Water Calculator, and Agriculture Water Demand Model.
2019 REPORT FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: “The Partnership’s mission is to advance the whole-system, water balance approach to land development and sustainable service delivery,” stated Kim Stephens
“The Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative (IREI) is the Partnership’s flagship program. Five regional districts are IREI partners: Metro Vancouver, Capital, Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley and Comox Valley. Combined, they represent 75% of BC’s population. The Partnership’s mandate is to provide value through collaboration and partnerships. The IREI provides local governments with a mechanism to collaborate, share outcomes and cross-pollinate experience with each other,” stated Kim Stephens.
2019 REPORT FROM THE SECRETARY: “The new Societies Act has allowed the Partnership to undertake some of its work in a virtual but rapid response manner,” stated Derek Richmond
“The Partnership continues to operate effectively and with increased efficiencies since the introduction of the new Societies Act which came into effect in British Columbia in 2016. Filing of reports as a requirement of the Societies Act has become easier; and also provides for quick reviews, changes and sharing of information. As with other organizations operating under the Societies Act, we participated in a survey / review of the new Act and reported that we are able to function more effectively with its recent changes,” stated Derek Richmond.
2019 REPORT ON THE PARTNERSHIP’S OPERATIONAL PLAN: “The Plan provides guidance that leads to commitment and working arrangements that extend to cooperation, coordination and co-evolution with shared goals,” stated Mike Tanner
“The Plan continues to help the Partnership to successfully engage partners, by being clear about our goals and why we are doing what we are doing and, how we are going to set about achieving them. This clarity of goals and objectives will allow partners in the local government and stewardship sectors to do what they want to do and ascertain how they will contribute to our mission – for example, in October the Partnership signed an MOU with Asset Management BC, thereby providing a framework for collaboration,” stated Mike Tanner.
2019 REPORT ON VANCOUVER ISLAND SYMPOSIA SERIES: “Expectations were high as we approached Parksville 2019. But they were clearly met as evidenced by the comments, reviews and survey results received,” stated John Finnie
“Parksville 2019 demonstrated that a group of some 200 biologists, planners, engineers, streamkeepers, politicians, administrators, students, volunteers, and others, all with different backgrounds, expertise and responsibilities, can share a common learning experience and agree on strategies for water and land stewardship, and stream restoration. It was indeed a magical experience,” stated John Finnie. “Parksville 2019 was informative, educational and inspiring, and most participants left keen to attend the next in the series: Comox Valley 2020.”
2019 REPORT FROM THE EAP CHAIR: “EAP is a recent milestone along the ‘green infrastructure continuum’. The lynch-pin concept for EAP is the ‘natural commons’,” stated Tim Pringle
“Mainstreaming would comprise six more EAP Demonstrations, for a grand total of ten, that cover a broad range of land use situations within the Georgia Basin,” stated Tim Pringle. “The vision for the Stage 3 program is to create a ‘self-help’ way of doing business in the local government context. Local governments would then deploy solutions themselves, and rely less without reliance on outside service providers. Peer-based learning and sharing ultimately holds the key to mainstreaming EAP.”
“Collaboration across varied disciplines is no longer an option, but essential, particularly so in light of the climate change challenge, and the Partnership’s strength has been its ability to cultivate successful partnerships that make an effective difference on the ground,” stated Eric Bonham, founding member of the Partnership Leadership Team, and a former Director in two provincial Ministries (Environment; Municipal Affairs).
“PWSBC success is accomplished by partnering with the provincial government, local governments, non-profit societies and practitioners. Our successes are only possible with their support and efforts,” stated Ted van der Gulik, President
“The Partnership finished a five year agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture to deliver the Agriculture Water Demand Model program in March of 2018. In May of 2018 another five year agreement was established in an effort to make the AWDM operational for the entire province. The new agreement will allow for additional work on digitizing soils data, update climate data to 2018 and develop an online version of the AWDM,” reported Ted van der Gulik.