Western Premiers Act on Water Conservation and Management Strategy

VANCOUVER – Western Premiers are taking the first step to a new strategy to conserve and manage Canada’s valuable fresh water supplies.

“Decreasing glaciers and snowpack, flood threats, and manageable water supplies do Premier gordon campbell (120p)not stop at provincial and territorial borders,” said British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell, chair of the 2010 Western Premiers’ Conference. “This work will help us make better decisions and develop comprehensive, long-term water management plans to secure our fresh water supply for future generations.”

The provincial leaders agreed to a Water Charter that makes protecting the resource a priority. In the Charter, leaders agreed that water is “an essential component of all life on Earth and there is no substitute” and that climate change has already affected the resource.
The 2-day conference built on a 2008 agreement created by the premiers called the Western Water Stewardship Council, which was created to work toward lowering national and provincial consumption rates.


Posted June 2010