Columbia Basin Communities Seal Deal to Dive into Water Conservation



Water Smart Charter

In March 2010, nineteen Columbia Basin communities and 18 other local governments signed a Water Smart Charter developed by the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

The Water Smart initiative aims to reduce community water use across the Columbia Basin by 20 percent by 2015. By signing the Charter, communities are committing to work together and with CBT to achieve regional water conservation goals.

The local governments participating in this initiative include: Castlegar, Cranbrook, Creston, Elkford, Fernie, Fruitvale, Golden, Kaslo, Montrose, Nakusp, Nelson, Radium, Salmo, Slocan, the Regional Districts of Central and East Kootenay, Sparwood, Trail and Valemount.

View the Charter and learn more about CBT’s Water Smart initiative at


About the Columbia Basin Trust

The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) was created in 1995 to promote social, economic and environmental well-being in the Canadian portion of the Columbia River Basin – the region most affected by the Columbia River Treaty.

Working closely with people who live in the Basin, CBT develops and delivers programs and initiatives that respond to their needs and supports communities. By focusing on local priorities and issues, bringing people together around key issues, providing information, encouraging collaboration, and supporting planning, CBT is delivering benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin.


Posted August 2010