Jan 2015

“Embrace shared responsibility. Create a legacy for those who follow in our footsteps,” says Lynn Kriwoken, Executive Director, BC Ministry of Environment

“I believe that the key to the success of the Ministry’s relationship with the Partnership and its evolution over the years has been our shared vision for water stewardship. The partnership umbrella provided by the Water Sustainability Action Plan has allowed the Province to leverage partnerships to greatly enhance the profile and resulting impact of Living Water Smart. The Partnership is playing a key delivery role in several theme areas, in particular developing tools for local government and providing training to support an environmentally adaptive approach to community design,” stated Lynn Kriwoken.

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“Wetland Conservation in Eastern Vancouver Island is a workshop for municipal and regional stakeholders,” states Neil Fletcher, Chair, Wetlands Stewardship Partnership

The BC Wildlife Federation, an active member of the Wetlands Stewardship Partnership, has brought together a team of well-known experts to share their knowledge and experience. The team will speak on topics that were identified through communications with key municipal and regional staff and lead conservation groups who are working on Vancouver Island. “Wetlands can provide a number of benefits to society, including: flood control, water treatment, and carbon storage,” states Neil Fletcher. “This workshop will explore relevant themes and issues to help build capacity on how we can protect and conserve wetlands and work towards healthier watersheds.

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“To measurably reduce irrigation demand through residential water conservation outreach, you need a strong tool kit that includes good data and great personalities who are meeting people right at their homes and places of work,” said Neal Klassen, Coordinator, Columbia Basin Water Smart Ambassador Program

“The lessons learned by Basin communities are relevant to any community trying to reduce peak demand driven by irrigation,” said Neal Klassen. “There is no need to reinvent the wheel.”

Through the Columbia Basin Water Smart initiative, Basin communities are working to raise the bar on water conservation outreach. Moving beyond brochures and newsletters, they are now relying on proven actions that measurably reduce total and peak water demand for local government water utilities.

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“This is a team effort. Nothing would have happened without all working together and continuing to work together,” states Hugh Fraser, Delta’s Deputy Director of Engineering

“Delta is making ‘green infrastructure’ a standard practice in our community. These are no longer just ‘pilot projects’. When we re-build roads in Delta, streetscape enhancement is part of the capital budget. In addition, each year we invest in two or three community rain gardens,” states Hugh Fraser. “Creating a watershed health legacy will ultimately depend on how well we are able to achieve rain water management improvements on both public and private sides of a watershed. There is a huge up-side if the private sector embraces their contribution to shared responsibility.”

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