WHAT IS WATERSHED SECURITY?
Watershed security is about two things:
Our watersheds provide essential benefits that underpin our economy, health and well-being—clean drinking water, thriving salmon runs, water for growing food, and natural protections against climate disasters.
The stewardship and actions we take to keep our watersheds healthy, strong and productive so that they continue to provide these services.
WHY WE CAN'T AFFORD TO WAIT?
As climate change intensifies year on year, the costs of inaction will continue to grow.
BC has experienced substantial watershed degradation and loss of natural assets over the past three decades. With these cumulative impacts due to human activities and climate change, B.C.'s watersheds are increasingly degraded. This degradation has manifested as floods, droughts, and fires in precedent-setting ways, especially over the past several years.
WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS?
There are three priority investment areas that will strengthen community resilience and support better decisions for the benefit of all British Columbians:
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
The social and economic benefits of investing in watersheds are substantial.
For every $1 invested by the provincial government in watershed projects, another $4 will be leveraged.
This funding will catalyze investments from other sources, including federal, municipal, philanthropic and private sector contributions.
SUPPORT FOR WATERSHED SECURITY FUND
McAllister Opinion Research
“78% of British Columbians hold the view that BC needs to make major investments in watershed security to protect fresh water in this province.”
Union of BC Municipalities
“UBCM requests that the Province of BC create a dedicated, sustainable, annual funding source for the Watershed Security Fund that provides $75 million annually for community driven watershed security initiatives.”
FIRST NATIONS LEADERS COUNCIL
“We applaud the Province for taking steps towards launching this long- awaited Watershed Security Fund and we look forward to working with the Province to advance the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the co- development and co-implementation of this important fund.”