Local Government Freshwater Resources


Municipal governments have a big role to play when it comes to protecting the health of our shared waters. Local elections are a great time to organize and bring freshwater issues to the attention of mayoral and council candidates. But, even when it's not election time, engaging your local decision-makers around freshwater could bolster the impact of your hard work to defend freshwater.

Below, we provide some resources to help break down the role of municipal governments when it comes to protecting freshwater, provide guidance and examples on engaging local governments, and provide more context and examples of how local governments can be leaders when it comes to protecting freshwater. 


Understanding the Role of Municipal Governments

Webinar Recording - "Making Freshwater a Municipal Issue"(from Sept. 19, 2018) 

Primer: How Can Municipal Governments Protect Freshwater? 

Green Bylaws Toolkit (by Deborah Curran and Company)

Water Sustainability and the City (a report on barriers and potential solutions to urban watershed sustainability at the local level in BC)

Advancing Freshwater Protection: Tools and Opportunities in BC's Water Sustainability Act (by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance)*  


Municipal Election Resources

Freshwater Friendly Candidate pamphlet (a pamphlet on how to gauge 'freshwater friendliness' of candidates running for local office)

Leading With Shared Values (a resource on how to frame freshwater protection with values that resonate) 

How to Organize an All Candidates Town Hall guide (from the Scarborough Civic Action Network)

All Candidates Survey (example from Ecology Ottawa) 


Examples of Local Governments Taking Leadership

Union of BC Municipalities 2018 Resolutions (see: B67 - Resolution on Watershed Governance Model, B34 - Resolution on Implementation of Water Sustainability Act and B118 - Protection of Native West Coast Salmon)

Canadian municipalities that currently employ stormwater user fees (list compiled by Smart Prosperity Institute)


*Not specific to municipal governments, but does/can apply. 


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