WATER SUSTAINABILITY ACTION PLAN ADDS DEPTH TO LIVING WATER SMART: “We have been collaborating with local governments to align local actions with provincial goals expressed in Living Water Smart,” stated Kim Stephens


Following release of Living Water Smart in 2008, the government of British Columbia maintained livingwatersmart.ca as a stand-alone portal to support the Living Water Smart program. Implementation was a provincial government priority that involved 11 ministries and many water and land managers and users.  

In the early years, the Living Water Smart portal showcased the stories of those leading change on the  ground in British Columbia. Some projects were complete, or had a short life of two to three years, while other commitments were to be implemented over a much longer time period.  The story below about ‘Beyond the Guidebook 2010’ was originally posted on the Living Water Smart website

On the BC Ministry of Environment website (in 2020), Living Water Smart is now just a dropdown under the topic area “Water Planning and Strategies”. This reflects the fact that Living Water Smart way-of-thinking is fully integrated into the business as usual.

Leveraging Partnerships

2008 learning lunch pilot - kim stephens (120p)Released in 2004, the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia is a partnership umbrella for an array of on-the-ground initiatives that promote a ‘water-centric’ approach to community planning and development,” states Kim Stephens, Program Coordinator.

“The  has allowed the Province to leverage partnerships to greatly enhance the profile and resulting impact of Living Water Smart. Through regional initiatives such as CAVI, which is the acronym for Convening for Action on Vancouver Island, the Action Plan is adding considerable depth to Living Water Smart.”

To Learn More:

To read the the complete story as originally posted on the Convening for Action Community-of-Interest, click on Water Sustainability Action Plan adds depth to Living Water Smart.

Water sustainability action plan - partnership umbrella (360p)