The provincial government has released a draft water sustainability act and is asking members of the public to provide input on the proposed legislation.
The proposed act updates and replaces the existing act, which is 104 years old. It makes improvements in seven key areas, including regulating and protecting groundwater, protecting stream health and aquatic environments, considering water in land-use decisions, regulating water use during times of scarcity, improving security, water use efficiency and conservation, measuring and reporting large scale water use and providing for a range of governance approaches.
During the next four weeks, British Columbians are encouraged to share their comments through an on-line blog. Participants can submit their feedback on the blog, or by email, fax or post, until Nov. 15. All input received by the deadline will be posted on-line.
To view and comment on the legislative proposal and summary document for the new act, visit http://engage.gov.bc.ca/watersustainabilityact/.