May 2014

Watershed Health: Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Collaboration Workshop Series

“Inter-regional collaboration is helping a local government inter-regional leadership team – one that represents five sub-regions within the Georgia Basin – understand what the other regions are doing, what works and what does not. Each region is hosting a sharing and learning session. We will report out in 2015. The deliverable flowing from the 2014 Inter-Regional Collaboration Workshop Series will be a workbook on application of performance monitoring approaches that are affordable, effective and adaptive,” said Kim Stephens.

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A Tale of Two Urbanizing Watersheds in the City of Courtenay

“The City of Courtenay State of the Environment annual report series is our way of sharing information on the ways that the City works with the environment on a daily basis; as well, it draws attention to the role of citizens in contributing to the health and quality of life of our community. Healthy natural heritage systems are the foundation for a sustainable community. This year we have taken a look at the ecological systems that connect our neighbourhoods and communities – our backyard streams,” states Nancy Hofer.

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'Historic achievement' as British Columbia replaces its 105-year old Water Act

“There are many water management issues that need to be resolved and the new act has established a process that can address many of them. For example, BC is the last jurisdiction in North America to licence groundwater. Also, the provision for development of watershed-based Water Sustainability Plans will enhance food security by securing water for future development of agricultural lands; ensure critical environmental flows for survival of fish and other aquatic habitat; promote a water balance way-of-thinking; and establish a water reporting system so that water is used beneficially,” states Ted van der Gulik.

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BC Partnership Celebrates 10th anniversary of Water Sustainability Action Plan

“For me, the watershed moment for the CAVI-Comox Valley Leadership Team occurred in 2010. Developers had been asking for goals and direction. Until the 2010 Comox Valley Developers Dialogue, the impetus had been elusive. The ‘ah-ah’ moment for all parties lay in recognizing the importance of getting things done right at the front-end; and that by aligning collective efforts on a watershed scale, a regional response to (minimizing) infrastructure liability could be achieved. The opportunity for converting potential infrastructure liability to asset management had been realized!,” stated Derek Richmond.

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