Living Water Smart is the provincial government’s plan to keep BC's water healthy and secure for the future. Check the Living Water Smart website often – for reference documents, events, updates – and to discover how you can be involved. Click here to go to www.livingwatersmart.ca.
At the centre of the Living Water Smart initiative is modernization of BC's Water Act, or Water Act Modernization, or WAM. Click here to go to the WAM page.
The Water Act is the principal law for managing the diversion and use of provincial water resources. Established in 1909, B.C.’s Water Act is the primary piece of water management legislation and plays a key role in the sustainability of B.C.’s water.
The Water Act will be rewritten. Living Water Smart and WAM are the process by which the new legislation will be developed.
A draft Policy Proposal on BC's new Water Sustainability Act, was released in December 2010, and comments are invited from the public. Join the online discussion at the LivingWaterSmart blog.
Previous to the policy proposal, a Discussion Paper and Technical Background Report were posted. Comments were invited to April 30, 2010 on the discussion paper.
The Cowichan Watershed Board submitted a comment to the WAM process. Click here to read the CWB submission.
The CWB submission and all other submissions received are contained in the WAM Report on Engagement.