Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition
November 12th, 2013
On November 9th, 2013, eighteen Vancouver Island water-related stewardship groups met in Nanaimo to discuss the Provincial government's Water Sustainability Act proposal. A response to the detailed 126-page proposal is expected within a one-month deadline, which all groups have stated is inadequate in light of the fact it took the Province three years to complete the proposal. The Island groups have written to the Legislative Assembly demanding the timeline for public review be extended to March 1st, 2014.
June Ross, Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition says; ""Concerns have been raised that this proposal falls short in protecting water resources as a public good, providing equitable access to water and increased community control of drinking watersheds. It seems the proposed Act will not be beneficial to the people of British Columbia nor to the environment. The proposed Act has set industries' right to access water as a higher priority than protecting water resources and increasing communities' control over their own watersheds."