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Rules governing wells and groundwater come into effect across the province

March 3, 2016 – InfoNews.ca British Columbia’s water sustainability act quietly came into effect this week, finally giving the province the groundwater protection most other jurisdictions have had for decades. “We’re one of the last holdouts in North America not

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Outdoor water use targeted

Kelowna Capital News – September 16, 2014 At the annual general meeting of the Okanagan Basin Water Board held Sept. 5, guest speaker Deborah Curran (University of Victoria professor in environmental law and sustainability) ended her presentation on the new

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Water licenses uncertain

Vernon Morning Star – September 12, 2014 Aboriginal rights to water likely supersede those of water licence holders and municipalities need to negotiate what this means before the issue ends up in court. This was the big take away from

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Okanagan warned to plan water use

Daily Courier – September 10, 2014 Municipalities should start planning how to manage the Okanagan’s water now to avoid acrimony when droughts threaten the Valley’s water supply, says an environmental law professor. Deboarah Curran, who helped create the province’s new

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Full agenda for Okanagan Basin Water Board

Vernon Morning Star – September 10, 2014 Considerable work continues within the Okanagan Basin Water Board. Among the issues facing the agency are population growth, civic and federal elections, new B.C. water regulations, climate change and recent court rulings recognizing

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Expert urges municipal leaders to form regional water protection strategies soon

Osoyoos Times – September 10, 2014 Municipal leaders from across the South Okanagan can take the lead and form sustainable water strategies in the coming months or do nothing and have the provincial government impose legislation that might offend and

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First Nations’ rights supersede water licences

Kelowna Capital News – September 9, 2014 Aboriginal rights to water likely supersede those of water licence holders and municipalities need to negotiate what this means before the issue ends up in court. This was the big take away from

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Okanagan Residents Urged to Reduce Water Consumption

Global Okanagan – September 5, 2014 It’s something we all need and all use but not all of us make efforts to protect it. As it plans for the future, the Okanagan Basin water board says it’s more important than

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Tougher water laws coming, board told

Daily Courier – September 5, 2014 Laws are changing to better protect the province’s water supply, a university professor told dignitaries at the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s annual meeting. Deborah Curran said the Water Sustainability Act is moving toward groundwater

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UBCO: Research into B.C.’s most treasured resource – H2O

Kelowna Capital News – August 22, 2014 Grace H. Fan, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship with UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Management, has been granted $73,800 over two years from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSCHRC) to support

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UBC prof dives into water sustainability

Daily Courier – August 21, 2014 Grace H. Fan, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship with UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Management, has received $73,800 in funding over two years from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to support research

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Research looks at policy and politics of BC’s most treasured resource: H2O

Castanet – August 20, 2014 UBC professor receives funding to examine the conversation on water in BC and how it may impact the Sustainable Water Act Grace H. Fan, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship with UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of

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A New BC Water Commission

Enabling Water Use Monitoring under the new Water Sustainability Act The proposed new commission creates the necessary linkage between good water-use data and water management, a significant improvement to the current process of managing BC’s most precious resource – water.


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Public input has no impact on Water Sustainability Act

Kelowna Capital News – May 13, 2014 A review of the new Water Sustainability Act slated for royal assent reveals calls for public comment had little to no effect on the final product. Speaking to the Okanagan Water Stewardship council

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Okanagan Basin Water Board Proposes New B.C. Water Commission

Kelowna, B.C. – A new B.C. water commission to streamline water use reporting and connect water licence rental fees with water management needs is being proposed by the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB). Such a commission would be self-funded and

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