The Water Sustainability Act came into effect on February 29th, and with the act came a host of new and updated regulations. Our friends over at Our Water BC have written about the new Act, including some strengths, weaknesses, and things to pay attention to going forward.
Submit your water story by March 20th! The POLIS Water Sustainability Project and the Canadian Freshwater Alliance are hosting a province-wide “What’s Your Water Problem & What's Your Solution” contest! The top submission will receive $500, plus research and coaching support from POLIS and the Alliance.
The WSA: It Ain't Over, Yet!
Although the Water Sustainability Act is officially in effect, the process is still far from over. The BC government will continue to develop regulations in key areas over the next few years, such as water monitoring and reporting, water sustainability planning and governance, and water objectives and more. We need to stay vigilant, and make sure that government is transparent and open when developing these regulations; that they meet the needs of the environment and the communities that rely on our water. As Our Water BC notes,
"Regulations are like paddles to a canoe. But without rigorous and prudent regulations, and proper resources to implement, the canoe could be left with just one paddle [...] We don’t want to paddle in circles—we want to move forward!"
The freshwater community has done a great job so far keeping the pressure on, and we've got to keep that up. Write an Op-Ed to your local paper about the Act (check our Communications Toolkit for tips, or get in touch with us if you need some more pointers). And while you're at, take to social media to remind government that a #strongWSA is vital to protecting our shared waters.
Stay tuned to Our Water BC's website to stay updated on all things WSA.