“The inclusion of ‘sustainability’ in the title of the proposed new Act reveals a welcome change in the way water could be viewed. The hoped‐for emphasis on water sustainability recognizes that humans are not the only users of water,” wrote Linda Nowlan.
Water Sustainability Act
According to Minister of Environment Murray Coell, the new Act will support climate change adaptation and economic security and help ensure that water sustainability is considered in all decisions affecting water. It will help lighten BC’s water footprint and transition to a new way of managing water.
According to Lynn Kriwoken, the Ministry of Environment received approximately 900 written submissions from a range of individuals, First Nation organizations and stakeholder groups. In addition, over 500 participants attended the Water Act Modernization workshops.
Ministry of Environment organizes ‘Technical Advisors Workshops’ as part of Water Act Modernization process
“The role of the Technical Advisors at these collaborative workshops is to apply their expertise and perspective to the potential policy options for a modernized Water Act. Participation is as a technical expert, not as a representative of any particular constituency,” states Lynn Kriwoken.
CAVI draws attention to need for “integrated watershed management” in its Water Act Modernization Submission
“The Discussion Paper appears to miss the opportunity for an integrated watershed management approach. CAVI’s experience suggests that integration of land use and water management at the regional or local level is germane to successfully reforming the Water Act,” wrote John Finnie,
Regional District of Nanaimo draws attention to need for “appropriate resources and enabling legislation” in its Water Act Modernization Submission
“An adaptive, integrated watershed-based approach to water management that recognizes groundwater and surface water as the same resource requiring protection, regardless of use, is required,” states Mike Donnelly.
“LIving Water Smart is the provincial government’s plan to keep our water healthy and secure for the future. A key commitment in the plan is to consider amendments to the Water Act to improve the protection of ecological values, provide for more community involvement and provide incentives to be water efficient,” states John Slater.
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.