Three program elements were designed to advance a 'regional team approach' to living water smart and building greener communities: Surrey Forum, Penticton Forum, and Comox Valley Learning Lunch Series.
Kevin Lorette – CVRD (120p)
When the Comox Valley Regional District was established in February 2008, the provincial government required that it develop a comprehensive regional water supply strategy.
Pam Goldsmith-Jones (120p)
This 21 million litres per day capacity water treatment plant is equipped with state-of-the-art membrane filtration technology, which provides protection for residents from waterborne diseases. The District is honoured to be recognized and proud of the partnership and innovation that drove this project.
The Ymir water treatment facility was designed with a triple bottom-line approach, taking into account financial, environmental and social objectives.
The Council provides balanced and considered advice to the Water Board on basin-wide water issues and works on solutions that reflect the best available science, innovative policy, and consensus approaches.
ALIGNMENT WITH LIVING WATER SMART VISION IN THE COMOX VALLEY: “Living Water Smart is a plan that is as much about land as water….because only with healthy water can we enjoy all the values that we take for granted,” stated Lynn Kriwoken (October 2009)
Living Water Smart presents the vision, and the Green Communities Initiative provides enabling tools to achieve the vision. Together they represent a call to action. Together they provide the provincial context for a regional team approach. “Living Water Smart is about adaptation – that is, collectively what we need to do…to adapt…to prepare for climate change. How we will get there is all about collaboration – that’s my code for silo jumping,” stated Lynn Kriwoken.
The 2008 program comprised the Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series, Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation in the Capital Region Series, and Cowichan Valley Water Balance Model Forum.
BRITISH COLUMBIA’S CALL TO ACTION: “New thinking about development leads to new benefits that include more green spaces, more water and fish in the streams, improved community vitality, reduced demand for water, and reduced expenditure on infrastructure,” stated Kim Stephens in his presentation on Living Water Smart and Building Greener Communities at a regional event held in Kamloops (September 2009)
“Living Water Smart, BC’s Water Plan and the Green Communities Initiative must be viewed as an integrated package. Living Water Smart presents the vision, and the Green Communities Initiative provides enabling tools to achieve the vision. Together they represent a call to action.A key message in Living Water Smart is that green development makes sense ” stated Kim Stephens.
Participants from science, European institutions, research funding agencies and the private sector called on politicians to force integrated research in the water sector, on researchers for launching joint initiatives and for looking behind the water cycle.