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Awash with Opportunity: Ensuring the Sustainability of British Columbia's New Water Law

Date Published: 2015

Full Reference:

Brandes, O.M., Carr-Wilson, S., Curran, D., & Simms, R. (2015). Awash with Opportunity: Ensuring the Sustainability of B.C.’s New Water Sustainability Act. Victoria, Canada: POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria.


In May 2014, the Province of British Columbia enacted the new Water Sustainability Act, which provides an unprecedented opportunity to fully modernize British Columbia’s water law regime. This report provides an analysis of the Water Sustainability Act and the core regulations required to bring its sustainable aspects into full effect. It outlines leading best practices from around the globe and offers clear recommendations for WSA regulation development in five key areas: (1) Groundwater licensing; (2) Environmental flows; (3) Monitoring and reporting; (4) Water objectives; and (5) Planning and governance.

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