The BC Watershed Security Coalition is engaging in constructive and solutions-oriented dialogue with the Provincial, Federal, Local, and Indigenous governments to:
1. Watershed Security Fund
Create a $1 Billion permanent fund that provides sustainable funding for communities to build the capacity and resilience required to secure the health of their local watersheds, including the fish, wildlife and nature that depend on them.
2. Local Watershed Boards
Advance Local Watershed Boards across BC working with First Nations.
3. Good Sustainable Jobs
Create good, sustainable local jobs in restoration, monitoring, technology and planning and support education and training in the watershed sector.
4. Advance Reconciliation
Advance reconciliation and deliver in a concrete way on provincial UNDRIP and DRIPA commitments.
5. Support Tourism & Recreation
Build a more visible connection between communities and their watersheds, supporting the tourism and recreation sectors.
6. Water Sustainability Act
Implement the Water Sustainability Act in partnership with First Nations.
7. Flood & Drought Mitigation
Under BC’s Climate Adaptation Strategy implement nature-based solutions and green infrastructure for Flood & Drought Mitigation.
8. Drinking Water Protection
Implement the Auditor General’s recommendations on Source Drinking Water Protection.
9. Provincial Water Security Officer
Appoint a new Provincial Water Security Officer.
Our work and successes to date:
March 2023$100 Million Endowment$100 Million endowment investment for Watershed Security Fund and commitment to co-development with First Nations Water Caucus, REFBC, and FNFC
February 2021$30 Million Investment$30 Million Investment in Indigenous Watersheds Initiative and six other projects advancing watershed sustainability.
March 2020$27 Million Investment$27 Million Investment in Healthy Watersheds Initiative.
February 2021Budget Recomendations
September 2019Union of BC Municipalities Resolution
June 2019Watershed Security mentioned in provincial mandate letters