This factsheet from the BC Ministry of Agriculture provides an overview on building setback standards from watercourses and wetlands in farming areas.
The Partnershipn Committee on Agriculture and the Environment provides a single-window approach for consultation on enviornmental issues that affect farmers and agriculture. The Partnership Committee provides an opportunity for local government representatives to meet face to face with the people who initiate policies and legislation that directly affect farmers.
The Agriculture Watercourse Maintenance Task Group was established by the Partnership Committee on Agriculture and Environment to develop an agricultural watercourse maintenance policy for British Columbia that considers the needs of both the agriculture and fishery resources.
About 97% of water licensed in British Columbia is for power production, including storage for power production. The remaining 3% of water licensed is for consumptive uses such as industrial, commercial, drinking water or agriculture
In some parts of British Columbia, high levels of precipitation and seasonal runoff can cause saturation of agricultural soils. Most agricultural crops are adversely affected by ponded water on the soil surface and/or prolonged soil saturation in the root zone.
Within the next 10 to 15 years it is projected that the available water in the Okanagan Basin will be fully allocated. At the same time, agricultural development is also expected to increase, with potential growth in the grape and wine sector leading the say.
Thousands of British Columbians are taking part in small, local projects to help rehabilitate streams and, together with hatchery and restocking programs, the results are encouraging. And BC farmers are no different.
A Riparian Working Group (established by the Partnership Committe on Agriculture and the Environment) will prepare guidelines and implement a process to manage agricultural activities near watercourses in riparian areas.
The BCGWA annual Convention is the most important annual event for all people working in the drilling and ground water related fields in British Columbia.
This Conference and Show take place annually . The event draws hundreds of professional turf managers from throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.