Freshwater Sustainability

Freshwater Sustainability

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What is it?

Freshwater sustainability is making choices that protect freshwater resources now and in the future. While a safe and abundant supply of fresh water is integral to communities, human settlement and climate change are putting pressure on this vital resource, impacting water quality and supply.

Why is it important?

Communities in BC rely on groundwater, rainfall and snowmelt for their freshwater supply. Managing fresh water is made challenging by outdated plans and tools, inadequate infrastructure and incomplete information about streams, lakes and aquifers. Well-researched policy, planning, and management practices can help address these issues to support our freshwater systems.

What is the Foundation’s interest?

We have an interest in land use initiatives that contribute to novel approaches that support a clean and adequate supply of fresh water. This includes land use planning and policy, watershed governance, mapping studies and applied research.

Examples

Monitoring and Mapping

  • Floodplain mapping;
  • Water quality and quantity monitoring;
  • Inventory and mapping of watercourses, groundwater or water bodies in the context of land use or development planning.

Watershed Governance

  • Initiatives that address inter-jurisdictional challenges with regard to watershed governance;
  • Multi-stakeholder watershed planning;
  • Research and education that encourages best practices with regard to watershed management, green infrastructure and development standards that support improved water quality and/or quantity.

Water Stewardship

  • Community-based freshwater education and research, such as lake stewardship, citizen science, monitoring, restoration and wetland management;
  • Education, policy and other tools to support land management practices, contributing to healthy freshwater systems.