Ecojustice Case – Healthy communities
Case Status: In Progress
Modernizing B.C.’s Water Act
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Water is the fundamental link between human societies and our environment, and a changing climate is going to make protecting and managing water more important and more challenging.
In 2008, the B.C. Government announced the Living Water Smart initiative, a commitment to modernize the Water Act and build the foundation of a more resilient system by:
Protecting stream health and aquatic environments
Improving water governance arrangements
Introducing more flexibility and efficiency in the water allocation system
Regulating ground water use in priority areas and for large withdrawals
Ecojustice is working alongside a coalition of B.C. environmental groups to ensure that a new Water Act works for British Columbians. We’re pushing for a an improved system that better reflects social and environmental priorities while maintaining healthy ecosystems, protecting groundwater, regulating use for all sectors and increasing public participation.
Sustainable water governance is a long-term priority for Ecojustice. We will continue to work to ensure that B.C. has a Water Act sufficient to protect nature and secure water for people. Once a new Act is in place, Ecojustice will continue to fight for adequate subordinate regulations and to hold government accountable for the enforcement of the new law.
“Our water is a collective resource. We need to ensure that it remains protected for the public good.”– Randy Christensen, staff lawyer
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