CELEBRATING A DECADE OF SUCCESS: Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia – released in 2004, it built on A Water Conservation Strategy for British Columbia and holistically linked water management with land use, development and resource production


Framework for Building Partnerships

The genesis for the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia dates back to March 2003 when the vision and partnership concept first took shape for doing a 5-year update on A Water Conservation Strategy for British Columbia, released in 1998. Funding for Action Plan development was provided by the Province of British Columbia.

Through a partnership with the Province which included core funding, program delivery was carried out by the original Water Sustainability Committee (WSC) of the British Columbia Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) from 2004 through 2010. The WSC provided the leadership, facilitation and organizational services necessary for successful program implementation.

An Overarching Goal: Create a Lasting Legacy

“The original WSC had an integrating role in collaborating with other organizations to create a lasting legacy. By drawing its members from a diverse range of disciplines and organizations, the WSC functioned across the ‘boundaries’ and beyond the historical ‘limits’ or ‘constraints’ of the mandates, knowledge and expertise found in Raymond-Fung_2014_trimmed_120pspecific organizations,” explains explains Raymond Fung. He served as Chair from 2003 – 2008.

“By 2010, the aspirations of the WSC members were exceeding the support that BCWWA was able to provide.  So by mutual consent, the Committee transformed itself into an independent, non-profit organization known as the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC.”

“Sustainable communities are all about choices – choices that become reality very quickly, with lasting consequences. In the years ahead, much will depend on getting the choices right in British Columbia, especially in those communities that are Lynn-Kriwoken_120pexperiencing growth and/or renewal,” states Lynn Kriwoken.

Lynn Kriwoken represented the former Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection on the WSC. She is currently an Executive Director in the Ministry of Environment, and is responsible for developing and delivering Living Water Smart, British Columbia’s Water Plan.

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As illustrated by the graphics below, the Water Sustainability Action Plan initially comprised elements that holistically linked water management with land use, development and resource production. The Action Plan was developed and is being implemented as a shared responsibility.