Watershed Security Strategy and Fund
Who: The Ministry of Water, Land, and Resource Stewardship
What: To ensure B.C. water and watersheds are respected and valued
Why: To explore ideas for watershed security
Discussion Paper (Phase 1)
The Watershed Security Strategy and Fund builds on efforts inside and outside of government to ensure our water and watersheds are respected and valued for all they provide. Government’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is foundational to this work. The Watershed Security and Fund Discussion Paper introduced broad themes to prompt discussion and explore ideas for the Watershed Security Strategy. It highlighted some of the science and policy opportunities the eventual watershed security could explore.
News release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022LWRS0057-001761
Intentions Paper (Phase 2)
Keeping our water and watersheds safe is one of the most important things we can do to have a healthier future for all living things. Throughout 2022, the Province has been working on ideas about a Watershed Security Strategy and Fund to make sure water and watersheds in B.C. are kept safe and respected.
The Province is now inviting input on a Watershed Security Strategy through an Intentions Paper. The Intentions Paper sets out how the government wants to take action on water and watersheds in B.C. It presents five policy intentions with several themes and example actions that could be taken to better care for our watersheds, including the plants, animals, and people in them.
- Read the Intentions Paper
- Read the Intentions Paper Summary
- Visit the engagement site
- View the results on the Discussion Paper engagement
Protecting our watersheds is one of the most important things we can do as a province to create a healthier and more resilient future for all living things. As part of developing a Watershed Security Strategy and Fund to ensure our water and watersheds are respected, the Province reached out to British Columbians for their input. A What We Heard Report that summarizes the feedback from public engagement on the Watershed Security Strategy and Fund Discussion Paper is now available.
This What We Heard Report summarizes key themes captured during the engagement process. Over 1,500 submissions were received from across the province from individual citizens, members of environmental organizations, representatives from other levels of government, business and industry including forestry, agriculture, mining and energy, partnership organizations, water suppliers, academia, professional organizations and health care fields.
A separate report is being prepared to summarize feedback received through webinars and meetings with Indigenous peoples.