The Province is developing B.C.’s first Watershed Security Strategy and Fund. BC says it will first explore key themes, including governance, climate change, ecosystems and sources of drinking water, as well as community and economic stability, through the release of a discussion paper for feedback.
The Province is developing the strategy with Indigenous Peoples and in collaboration with other levels of government. A discussion paper has been developed that outlines key strategic themes for safeguarding B.C.’s watersheds.
During this time, there will also be direct engagement with key stakeholders and partners, as well as local and federal governments. Feedback will inform a draft strategy to be released in the fall, with additional opportunity for input following its release.
The Province expects to release the final strategy in 2023.
People are now being invited to provide input about the ideas and options presented in the discussion paper.
“Climate change and cumulative human impacts are threatening the health of the watersheds we depend on for clean drinking water, growing our food, habitat for aquatic species and healthy local economies,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
“We need to ensure healthy watersheds for strong communities and ecological health, so we are collaborating with Indigenous Peoples and all British Columbians to build a legacy of healthy rivers, lakes, streams and aquifers for our children and grandchildren.”