British Columbians are keen to protect rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands, a new poll finds
Our Most Loved Resource? Water
“We love our water, so much that we want new rules to protect the elixir of life. Water is the most highly valued natural resource we have, according to a new poll from the McAllister polling group done for WWF Canada and the Vancouver Foundation,” writes Linda Nowlan in an article published by The Tyee.
Time to make four changes to Water Act
Four key changes are needed, states Linda Nowlan, and the government is poised to act on them all:
- Put stream health first
- Secondly, change the rules around water governance
- Then we have water allocation
- Next up is groundwater
“How strong are the province’s current water law proposals? The fine details have not yet been released, but all indications are that we’re on the right track. The government’s pledges to ‘modernize’ the Water Act are well underway,” summarizes Linda Nowlan.
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Linda Nowlan is an environmental lawyer in Vancouver who served on the Canadian Council of Academies’ Expert Panel on Groundwater, the BC Independent Drinking Water Review Panel, and is the author of numerous reports on water and environmental law, including Practising Shared Water Governance in Canada: A Primer and Buried Treasure: Groundwater Permitting and Pricing in Canada.
The Tyee is an independent publication that is found at www.thetyee.ca It went online in November 2003. According to David Beers, Editor, “We’re dedicated to publishing lively, informative news and views, not dumbed down fluff. We, like the tyee salmon for which we are named, roam free and go where we wish.” Since then, The Tyee has attracted some of the best journalists in B.C. who have broken many important stories.
Posted November 2010