Welcome, and thank you for visiting our new website.
Today, we’ve released a Legislative Proposal for a new Water Sustainability Act. A key commitment of government, the Water Sustainability Act responds to B.C.’s growing population, expanding development and changing climate. The proposed new Act would update and replace the existing Water Act and help ensure that our water stays healthy and secure for future generations.
Over the past four years we’ve consulted with citizens, First Nations, industry groups, environmental groups, local governments—everyone who has an interest in our water resource. British Columbians have sent us thousands of submissions—you’ve offered us some great ideas covering everything from how to protect groundwater to how to ensure our streams and lakes stay healthy.
We’ve considered all of your ideas and put together a proposal for a new Water Sustainability Act, to be introduced in the spring of 2014. Now, I’m inviting you to offer your feedback one last time, so we can make sure our new water legislation really does serve your needs, and the needs of future generations. Your feedback will help us refine our legislative proposals, and also help guide us as we implement the new act in the months and years ahead.
Have a look through the Legislative Proposal, the Overview or check out what others have been saying. Over the next four weeks, I’ll be interested in hearing your feedback and what’s most important to you.
Thanks for taking the time to help us modernize the rules around our most precious natural resource.
Minister of Environment