DOWNLOAD A COPY OF: “Living Water Smart in British Columbia: Adapting to floods and droughts in the Cowichan region” – released by the Partnership for Water Sustainability in January 2023

Note to Reader:

Waterbucket eNews celebrates the leadership of individuals and organizations who are guided by the Living Water Smart vision. The edition published on January 31, 2023 publicized the Stories of Inter-Regional Collaboration Series. The first in the series tells the story of the Cowichan Region Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Program.

Cowichan Region Drinking Water & Watershed Protection Program

“In October 2018, Cowichan electors passed a referendum, by a decisive 58% in favour, to implement the Drinking Water & Watershed Protection regional service. Constructed over decades, the DWWP foundation is solid. The decision to go with the “service function model” was an unforeseen outcome of a Regional Surface and Groundwater Management and Governance Study, completed in 2015. Keith Lawrence led the governance study,” Kim Stephens, Executive Director, Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC.

“Powered by collaboration, the DWWP is the platform for a building blocks process that is ongoing….to achieve the Cowichan region’s water sustainability mission. The DWWP service addresses longstanding surface and groundwater concerns. Implementation, however, is proceeding more slowly than anticipated. This is due to multiple competing demands which result in shifting priorities.”


To read the complete story published on January 31st 2023, download a PDF copy of Living Water Smart in British Columbia: Adapting to floods and droughts in the Cowichan region.