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POLIS Project and Water Sustainability Committee align efforts to advance the “soft path for water”


“The POLIS Project on Ecological Governance is an ecology-based public policy think tank situated at the University of Victoria. The mission of POLIS is to help reorient Canadian water management from supply to demand-side approaches,” explained Oliver Brandes. “A ‘soft path’ for water takes the management approach beyond traditional concerns to consider how we might redesign the underlying human systems that determine demand and our approach to supply.”

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Nature’s Revenue Streams Links Rainwater Infrastructure to Restoration of Stream and Watershed Function


“Nature’s Revenue Streams is a 3-year public-private project on Vancouver Island that will show how urban development can be used as an opportunity to improve watershed and stream health,” stated Patrick Lucey. “NRS has considerable synergy and commonality with elements of the Water Sustainability Action Plan, both in terms of approach and green infrastructure deliverables.”

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As Climate Change Challenges Local Water Resources, New Guide Advocates the ‘Soft Path’ to Water Security


“New approaches for water security are needed right now,” says Dr. David Brooks. “You could learn to live without oil, and we should, but you will not survive without fresh water. Climate chaos will force us to re-think how we manage our voracious demand for energy and water. We offer the Soft Path as a way to do that—a way that respects the environment and leads to social prosperity.”

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Drought, Forest Fires and Floods Created a “Teachable Moment”


“The year 2003 was a memorable one in British Columbia history: drought, forest fires and floods. They provided the backdrop and the context for the Province convening an event in July 2004 that was branded as the Penticton Drought Forum,” stated Kim Stephens. “The Province’s response to the 2003 drought encompassed a Drought Handbook and a $2M drought planning grant planning program.”

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Vision for Waterbucket Website presented at “Penticton Drought Forum” in July 2004


“Integrated water management involves consideration of land, water, air and living organisms – including humans – as well as the interactions among them. Through partnerships, the Water Sustainability Action Plan is promoting the watershed as a fundamental planning unit,” stated Mike Tanner. “The vision for the waterbucket.ca website is to provide a resource rich, highly interactive ‘destination location’ website.”

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Province and BCWWA Committee jointly develop “Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia”


“The drought, forest fires and floods that British Columbia experienced in 2003 have created a teachable moment for change in the way we view water in this province. Capitalizing on this opportunity, the purpose of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia is to promote and facilitate sustainable approaches to water use and water resource management,” states Ray Fung.

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