Needs Assessment: The Water Sustainability Act and BC's Freshwater Community

After an extensive development period, British Columbia's Bill 18—Water Sustainability Act (WSA) received Royal Assent in May 2014. While it is now officially law, the WSA will not come into force until 2016 after regulations have been developed.

The Canadian Freshwater Alliance and Organizing for Change are leading a media and organizing initiative that we hope will drive a strong Act. The idea is to support key groups in BC's freshwater community with capacity, common messaging, and media and organizing training to generate regional media attention and mobilize the public so that strong regulations are developed.

The initiative will work with a select number of groups in strategic regions across British Columbia throughout 2015 to connect local water issues and stories with common messages associated with the development of strong regulations for the WSA.

Help us help you! All responses are for internal use as we develop our programming in these areas and will be kept confidential. Please answer as honestly as possible. All responding organizations will automatically be entered into a draw for $100 Alliance Bucks that can be put towards any of our training offerings in 2015!

One more thing. The POLIS Water Sustainability Project team is currently working on a complementary research project exploring opportunities related to watershed governance in British Columbia. As part of this research, in the coming weeks POLIS will be sending many of you a separate electronic survey to gather information and your opinions about the future of watershed governance in BC. We would appreciate you consider participating in both surveys to help strengthen both of these projects.

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    About the Water Sustainability Act.

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    Defining and enforcing minimum water levels for our rivers, lakes, streams and creeks before making any licensing decisions.
    Ensuring license holders are accountable to environmental, community and social values
    Setting up community water objectives and standards for land use planning that involve public consultation
    Localizing decisions on water use
    Legally binding watershed plans with public input
    Monitoring and oversight
    Pricing water so that industry pays a fair price for the water it uses
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    Defining and enforcing minimum water levels for our rivers, lakes, streams and creeks before making any licensing decisions.
    Ensuring license holders are accountable to environmental, community and social values
    Setting up community water objectives and standards for land use planning that involve public consultation
    Localizing decision making on water use
    Legally binding watershed plans with public input
    Monitoring and oversight
    Pricing water so that industry pays a fair price for the water it uses
    Please enter one response per row
    This is a required question