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Living Water Smart in BC

LIVING WATER SMART IN THE COWICHAN VALLEY: Changing the way British Columbians do business around water in the Cowichan Valley


The Cowichan Valley Regional District hosted the first of the Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Series in Summer 2008. At Seminar #2, Kate Miller used the “elephant in the room analogy” to capture audience attention vis-a-vis the implications of Living Water Smart for rainwater management. “There is an elephant in our room right now…which is around how do we deal with rainwater management…how do we deal with the larger policy issues…what’s the objective,” stated Kate Miller.

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LIVING WATER SMART IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: Opportunities for Law and Policy to Effect Changes on the Ground


At the second seminar in the the 2008 Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series, Susan Rutherford of West Coast Environmental Law employed a question-and-answer format to illustrate opportunities and scales for law and policy to effect change, thereby suppoprting and achieving the Living Water Smart vision. “Kevin Lagan and Derek Richmond of the City of Courtenay provided me with some questions that are at the forefront of their minds. I morphed what they gave me into generic questions,” stated Susan Rutherford.

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Cowichan Water Balance Model Forum introduces “Living Water Smart” application to development community


“The Forum was an outcome of the Cowichan Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series, also a provincial pilot,” explained Kate Miller. “We described the Forum as a hybrid-training workshop because the day was built around case study applications of the Water Balance Model. These provided the technical foundation for roundtable sharing, exploration and cross-fertilization of ideas on how to implement green infrastructure effectively.”

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Water Sustainability Action Plan adds depth to Living Water Smart initiative in British Columbia – “Inter-connected program elements give local governments and practitioners the tools and experience to better manage land and water resources,” stated Glen Brown


“The Convening for Action vision is that water sustainability in British Columbia will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies, practices and standards. Through regional initiatives such as CAVI, which is the acronym for Convening for Action on Vancouver Island, the Water Sustainability Action Plan is adding considerable depth to Living Water Smart. In 2008, CAVI undertook the Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series as a provincial pilot,” stated Glen Brown.

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British Columbia Real Estate Association endorses “Living Water Smart”


“Living Water Smart provides leadership that will help improve the way we build and protect communities, use our water resources and sustain our quality of life,” stated Scott Veitch, Living Water Smart is a blueprint for cultural, environmental, industrial, community and agricultural change that will help safeguard the province’s water resources into the future. The plan commits to new actions and builds on existing efforts to protect and keep B.C.’s water healthy and secure.

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LIVING WATER SMART IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: “Linking water and land management at all levels is critical,” stated Oliver Brandes, POLIS, in an Op-Ed published by the Victoria Times-Colonist (June 2008)


“Not much will change without significantly increased budget commitments for
water. Also, an implementation strategy to achieve the targets and goals must be
established. These are the minimum requirements for turning rhetoric into reality. A long-overdue legislative overhaul of the B.C. Water Act is almost a certainty, but the
process for arriving at legislative proposals is vague,” stated Oliver Brandes.

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Urban Development Institute commits to working with government to bring “Living Water Smart” vision to fruition – “Today we are on the brink of change. This is a special moment in time. We have been looking for a clear vision for this province in terms of its water resources,” stated Maureen Enser, Executive Director (June 2008)


“We’re interested in planning for long-term, balanced growth that will leave a legacy for the future – a strategy we see reflected in the Living Water Smart plan. Minister, this is phenomenal. We are committing ourselves as an industry to working with government at all levels to make sure this precious resource is protected for future generations,” stated Maureen Enser.

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CONVENING FOR ACTION IN THE COMOX VALLEY: British Columbia’s Living Water Smart program is a provincial strategy and shared responsibility – “The message is that we are rewarding good behaviour,” stated Glen Brown at the 2nd in the Comox Valley seminar series (October 2008)


“This is a provincial strategy; we must look at it as a shared responsibility. It is not one strategy; the Province has a number of strategies. The Province is looking at raising the bar as far as what we are trying to accomplish with standards and provincial legislation. We really have to look at how we develop land. Ultimately this requires leadership and champions on the ground,” stated Glen Brown.

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Living Water Smart: A Plan for Water Sustainability in British Columbia


Living Water Smart is a blueprint for cultural, environmental, industrial, community and agricultural change that will help safeguard the province’s water resources. Released by Environment Minister Barry Penner in June 2008, the plan commits to new actions and builds on existing efforts to protect and keep B.C.’s water healthy and secure. “Living Water Smart: British Columbia’s Water Plan lays out the vision and the steps needed to protect our rivers, lakes, streams and watersheds. This plan will make B.C. a leader in water stewardship,” said Minister Penner.

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