BC's Proposed Water Sustainability Act

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Presentation by BC Ministry of Environment Water Strategies& Conservation Manager Ted White at Keepers of the Water VI in Fort Nelson, BC.

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  • 7 key policy areas identified in the December 2010 Policy Proposal on BC’s new Water Sustainability Act
  • Contact Oliver Brandes for original presentation
  • BC's Proposed Water Sustainability Act

    1. 1. BC’s proposedWater Sustainability Act Keepers of the WaterTed WhiteManager Water Strategies and ConservationMinistry of Environment September 28, 2012
    2. 2. Overview• Context for the proposed Water Sustainability Act• Policy Directions for the proposed Water Sustainability Act• Opportunities for collaboration
    3. 3. Water Act Modernization “By 2012, water laws will improve the protection of ecological values, provide for more community involvement, and provide incentives to be water efficient.” “By 2012, government will regulate groundwater use in priority areas and large groundwater withdrawals.” “Legislation will recognize water flow requirements for ecosystems and species.” “By 2012, new approaches to water management will address the impacts from a changing water cycle, increased drought risk, and other impacts on water caused by climate change
    4. 4. Timelines2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Living Water Smart Engagement Analysis and Review Government Direction Legislation
    5. 5. Water Act Modernization Goals • Protect stream health • Improve water governance • Improve flexibility and efficiency • Regulate groundwater
    6. 6. Proposed policy directions 1. Protect Stream Health and Aquatic Environments 2. Consider Water in Land Use Decisions 3. Regulate Groundwater Use 4. Regulate During Scarcity 5. Improve Security, Water Use Efficiency, Conservation 6. Measure and Report 7. Enable a Range of Governance Approaches
    7. 7. Water Management Reform: Lessons from Elsewhere• Senior government direction and engagement• Decentralized (watershed/regional) decision making including clear accountability and responsibility – Emphasize collaborative engagement with a variety of stakeholders/key players in the watershed• Attention to and management of cumulative impacts – Important role for water conservation• Resources and funding – Monitoring, compliance and enforcement, protection and restoration and investment in green infrastructure – Independent oversight and implementation support• Embed conflict avoidance and dispute resolution Courtesy of Oliver Brandes
    8. 8. Opportunities forCollaboration• Watershed Sustainability Plans & input to guidance documents• Enabling delegation/distribution of decision-making• Integration across sectors• Awareness & communication• Dispute resolution
    9. 9. Workshop Discussion Points• Collaborative approaches – where to start?• What information do you need to better facilitate collaboration?• How can the collaboration be made sustainable?
    10. 10. Thank you!www.livingwatersmart.ca

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