Our Climate is Changing…Now What?

Climate Change Workshop – Announcement

“Climate change commentary consistently dominates our newspapers, radio and television and it can be said with some confidence that the majority of scientists now agree global warming is a reality,” stated Eric Bonham. “But, what does all Eric Bonham_2008_120pthis mean on a day-to-day level for the practitioner? Specifically, what does it mean for the British Columbia Water & Waste Association (BCWWA), given its mandate to provide education and training in the water and wastewater industry?”

Scope of Responsibilities

With this question in mind, a BCWWA Ad-Hoc Climate Change Committee chaired by Eric Bonham was formed in December 2007 with a two-fold responsibility.

  • First, in the short-term, to organize a one-day climate change training session at the BCWWA Conference in Whistler on April 30, 2008; and
  • Second, to determine the merit of establishing a longer term permanent BCWWA climate change committee that would include representation from other agencies and organizations.


The of climate change demands collaboration and partnership, as well as the sharing of information with other agencies similarly involved with climate change conferences. The Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA), in partnership with the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA), held a three-day climate change conference from April 21-23, 2008.

A representative from CWRA reported out on the conference outcomes at the BCWWA workshop which was held in conjunction with the BCWWA Annual Conrference on April 30. The CWRA/AWMA conference complemented the BCWWA workshop, which was designed specifically for practitioners in the water and wastewater industry.

This announcement was originally published in the Spring 2008 issue of Watermark Magazine, the official publication of the British Columbia Water & Waste Association (BCWWA). Watermark is published four times per year: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.