Water Sustainability and the City Report

A report outlining findings from research with local government on challenges to urban water sustainability and legal and policy solutions (from Dec 2017).

Published: December 2017

Author: Christine Mettler, Canadian Freshwater Alliance


Urban waters are instrumental in supporting a number of environmental, social, economic, cultural and human health functions. But they are among the most degraded watersheds. Local governments in British Columbia have the ability to influence a number of activities that impact watershed degradation in their jurisdictions. However, many practitioners are concerned about the health of urban watersheds and report challenges to addressing the pressures that negatively impact these waters. This report describes some of these challenges, and suggests how new tools developed under B.C.'s new Water Sustainability Act could help to address some of these challenges. 

To access the report, click here. 

For just the executive summary, click here