Minister of Environment Praises Accomplishments of Water Sustainability Committe at 2007 BCWWA Annual Conference

Working Towards Sustainable Communities

2007 bcwwa conference program (360 pixels) “Working Towards Sustainable Communities” was the theme for the 2007 Annual Conference of the BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA), held in Penticton. Keynote speakers for the conference were Tom Siddon, Chair of the Okanagan Water Stewardship Council, and the Honourable Barry Penner, Minister of Environment.

In his prepared remarks, Minister Penner singled out the accomplishments of the BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee (WSC) in delivering the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia through partnerships with his Ministry and others. The Minister’s recognition of the WSC set the stage for a half-day Action Plan session within the main conference program, organized by the WSC in collaboration with the Green Infrastructure Partnership. In his prepared remarks, the Minister made the following observations:

Convening for Action in British Columbia Captures Attention at Penticton Conference

“As Minister responsible for Water Stewardship and Sustainable Communities, I place a high priority on fostering water stewardship and individual responsibility. By sharing information, promoting water awareness and supporting communities to integrate sustainable water management practices with local land-use planning and development, I believe we can develop a culture of water conservation across the province.”

“Under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan, the BCWWA through the Water Sustainability Committee has established the Water Bucket website, a resource-rich, interactive location for information about water sustainability in British Columbia. In addition, Convening for Action pilot programs in the South Okanagan, Vancouver Island and Greater Vancouver are promoting water-centric approaches to community planning and land development.”

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The session comprised five cascading presentations.and  attracted an audience totalling 130. For a comprehensive story that provides a synopsis of each presentation, click on 2007 BCWWA Annual Conference Theme: Working Towards Sustainable Communities