Advancing Freshwater Protection: Tools and Opportunities in British Columbia’s Water Sustainability Act


Written for local communities and water leaders who want to support implementation of British Columbia’s Water Sustainability Act to advance freshwater protection, this briefing note focuses on seven main tools or opportunities under the Act: Water Objectives, Environmental Flows, Water Sustainability Plans, Sensitive Stream Designation, Water Reservations, Advisory Board, and Delegated Authority. It highlights what each tool is, the problems it can help solve, primary benefits and risks/limitations, and how local communities can be involved.