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Taking Water Governance to the Next Level in British Columbia

As British Columbia shifts to water stewardship, who is welcome at the table?

It’s been over 100 years coming, but B.C.’s water act will be replaced this spring with new legislation that shifts from a top-down approach of managing water as a commodity, to a collaborative and distributed decision-making approach to water stewardship.

“It’s a really powerful moment in time,” Urban Matters community catalyst Ken Gauthier says.

He participated in a recent conference, Watersheds 2014: Towards Watershed Governance in British Columbia and Beyond held on Cowichan Tribes territory in Duncan, B.C. The conference, a first of its kind, ignited a new way of thinking about water management in terms of watersheds.

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