General · 13th November 2013
BC's current Water Act is over 100 years old. It doesn’t protect our water from corporate freeloaders like Nestlé, who are able to withdraw as much groundwater in Hope, BC as they like, free of charge. But you now have the opportunity to help write new legislation.
On October 18, 2013, the BC provincial government released its legislative proposal for a new Water Sustainability Act for the province. The proposed legislation is an improvement over the current law, but it's still business as usual when it comes to industrial use. Oil and gas, forestry and mining legislation would still trump the protection of water and communities would still have no control in their own watersheds.
They didn’t give us much time – just one month. The deadline for public commentary is this Friday, November 15.
Submit Comments or send an email to livingwatersmartgov.bc.ca
On November 9th, 2013, eighteen Vancouver Island water-related stewardship groups met in Nanaimo. All groups have stated that the one month deadline of November 15 for public input is inadequate time to respond, 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.
Please contact your MLA, local papers and include your comments to the Water Act and ask for an extension to the deadline for this important piece of legislation.
The future of our access to healthy water may depend on it.
Editor, Watershed Sentinel