“The paper presents an independent, academic analysis of select water governance issues, focusing on ‘delegated’ water governance. This is also known as ‘devolved’ or ‘shared’ or ‘distributed’ governance,” states Linda Nowlan.
LIVING WATER SMART: Shared Responsibility Underpins a Regional Team Approach to Creating Our Future in British Columbia – “By choosing to live water smart, communities will be more prepared for climate change and their quality of life will be enhanced. If we can show how to get the water part right, then other parts are more likely to follow,” stated Lynn Kriwoken (2009)
“At the end of the day, planners and engineers and other disciplines must come together to determine the issues and solutions,” stated Lynn Kriwoken. “This is why we constantly emphasize that Living Water Smart is about motivating and inspiring everyone to embrace shared responsibility. Influencing behaviour and attitudes is at the heart of moving from awareness to action.”
Draft National Lakes Assessment Report – Dec 2009 (360p)
Implementation of green infrastructure policies and practices is a key strategy for increasing groundwater recharge, improving water quality, reducing flooding, preserving habitat, and protecting lake quality.
“A key commitment in the plan is to modernize our water laws to improve the protection of ecological values, provide for more community involvement, and provide incentives to be water efficient. We will be using a new Living Water Smart Blog to encourage water stewardship in BC, share the ideas and stories of those who are interested in BC’s water future, and celebrate our water smart successes. The Blog will also be used to support dialogue on modernizing the Water Act and will complement a public discussion paper and a series of regional meetings to be announced early in 2010,” stated John Slater.
The era of infrastructure-enabled growth is over, leaving planners, developers and policymakers looking for new ways to sustain growth and rising demand amid diminishing resources.
2008 Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series organized under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan
Vancouver Island is the pilot region for developing a common understanding and consistent approach to creating liveable communities and protecting stream health. Outcome-oriented, the 2008 Series was designed by and for land and water managers in local government.
“The report brings together messages on water and climate change from the “World Water Development Report 3: Water in a Changing World”. Carbon is a measure of the anthropogenic causes of climate change; water is a measure of its impacts,” writes Olcay Ünver.
World Water Day 2010 activities will aim to communicate messages on water quality, ecosystems and human well-being.
Living Water Smart website launches “Your Stories” section to celebrate the great things British Columbians are doing (January 2010)
Stories are pouring in from Water Smart people across British Columbia. The “Your Stories” section is about those who are working hard for water sustainability.
Alignment with the “Canada-wide Strategy” establishes timeline for new treatment plants in Metro Vancouver
REAC Presentation (Feb 2009) – Christianne Wilhelmson (120p)
Implementation of the Canada-wide Strategy creates an obligation on the part of the senior governments to support communities that believe it is imperative to improve sewage treatment as soon as possible.