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New POLIS Report: Top 5 Water Challenges That Will Define BC’S Future

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The POLIS project has released its new research report, Top 5 Water Challenges that will Define BC’s Future.

Escalating water challenges in BC require a better understanding and coordinated work to avoid future crisis. Drawing on an extensive review of media, court and tribunal cases, and insights from attending over 100 recent events related to water issues, this report documents dozens of examples of why and where critical water issues exist in the province’s watersheds.

The report focuses on 5 key issues: (1) Building resilience to droughts & floods; (2) Sustaining water for nature; (3) Understanding the state of B.C.’s watersheds; (4) Protecting water quality for drinking, swimming & fishing and (5) Reconciling the water-energy nexus. One of ACT’s senior advisors, Jon O’Riordan, was one the reviewers of this report.

The study shows how these challenges are mounting across BC and their potential to fundamentally impact the province’s prosperity and quality of life. The report offers potential solutions to create water security and sustainability over the coming years. It is intended to generate productive discussions and actions among water users, communities and policymakers.

Click here to download the full report.

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