Watershed Watch post on the WaterBucket.ca blog on comments on BC’s Water Sustainability Act

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Watershed Watch Salmon Society comments on BC’s Water Sustainability Act on the WaterBucket.ca blog. The post discusses our recent submission to Living Water Smart BC’s consultation on a new Water Sustainability Act.

For more information on Living Water Smart’s Water Act Modernization Process and Watershed Watch’s involvement, see our Water page.

Posted on WaterBucket.ca: A Comment on Water Act Modernization

“B.C.’s current water act is in need of a major overhaul. In 2008, the BC Government announced Living Water Smart and the Water Act Modernization process. Living Water Smart promised long-needed changes to the Province’s rules for allocating water,” states Laura Kennedy of the Watershed Watch Salmon Society.

“There are four key phases of the Water Act Modernization process. We are currently in the midst of Phase 3. The Ministry of Environment has reviewed and analysed public input and, in December 2010, the Policy Proposal on British Columbia’s new Water Sustainability Act was released.”

“At this time the Ministry is seeking comments on the proposed policy. All feedback from this phase of engagement is available through the Living Water Smart website, www.livingwatersmart.ca.”

“We at the Watershed Watch Salmon Society have recently written a brief with regards the Policy Proposal on British Columbia’s New Water Sustainability Act. This brief has been posted to the blog and is available on our website,” concludes Laura Kennedy.

The new Act will support climate change adaptation and economic security and help ensure that water sustainability is considered in all decisions affecting water. It will help lighten BC’s water footprint and transition to a new way of managing water.

“The inclusion of ‘sustainability’ in the title of the proposed new Act reveals a welcome change in the way water could be viewed,” writes Linda Nowlan, author of the society’s brief. “The hoped‐for emphasis on water sustainability recognizes that humans are not the only users of water, but that nature itself requires good quality abundant water. However, the Proposal is relatively short, and while it offers some insight into how a new Act will work, it remains unacceptably vague on some key issues, such as water governance.”

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