Liz Hendricks (120p)
Because of the infrastructure deficit, communities cannpt afford huge capital costs to continually expand water treatment facilities and handling systems.
“Current global phosphorus usage practices are threatening the world’s future ability to produce food. Phosphorus is an essential element for all life, and a limiting nutrient in food production. The main source of phosphorus for fertilizer production today is phosphate rock – a non-renewable resource,” stated Dr. Don Mavinic.
“Living Water Smart” introduced to Township of Langley’s Council and Agricultural Advisory Committee – Kim Stephens explained how the Water Sustainability Action Plan is a partnership umbrella for on-the-ground initiatives that advance a water-centric approach to community development (September 2009)
The annual farm tour hosted by the Agricultural Advisory Committee provided an opportunity to inform Council about Living Water Smart and how it provides a vision of what communities can look like if they choose to live water smart. “The Action Plan provides neutral forums for advancing a regional team approach. We are encouraging local governments to prepare communities for change, choose to live smart, and strive to build greener communities,” stated Kim Stephens.
Environment Minister Barry Penner
Due to low winter snowpacks and drought conditions this summer, water flows in this area are extremely low and the risk to the kokanee is particularly high. The order to curtail water use was issued under the authority of Section 9 of the Fish Protection Act. Most water licensees within the watershed are supportive of this approach.
POLIS logo (120p)
The POLIS Project investigated water supply contexts and water conservation programs in California.
Dive into the Dynamic World of Water: Sustainable Water Management Reaching top of Global Business Agenda
Water for Business – cover
The report identifies 16 initiatives or tools, driven by business leaders, civil society and governments, which have emerged since 2006; and includes a glossary of water terms. A matrix characterizes them in terms of the main issue of concern, geographic focus, leading agent and multi-stakeholder approach.
“The long, hot, dry summer which much of the province is experiencing in 2009 has highlighted the need to conserve water and plan for drought. The Ministry of Environment therefore updated and re-released the Drought Handbook,” stated Donna Caddie.
Metro Vancouver Reference Panel recommends monitoring long-term cumulative impacts of multiple contaminants in liquid discharges
Metro Van Reference Panel – Ken Hall
Current senior government regulations deal with one contaminant at a time and even though levels may be below some set threshold, the presence of multiple contaminants and their interaction can have impacts on organisms in the long term that are not being considered.
The best approach to addressing emerging issues will involve a combination of education, enforcement, and voluntary actions. Living Water Smart will play a key role in ensuring the success of these actions long term.
“Not only is I&I a significant source of regional system overflows, it means we are repairing/replacing our pipes and pumps sooner, building treatment plants and pipe systems larger than necessary, using more treatment chemicals than necessary, and leaking raw sewage into the ground,” stated Shaun Carroll.