On Oct 31 the BC Watershed Security Coalition sent a letter calling for the creation of the Watershed Security Fund in Budget 2023 to all members of the Treasury Board and other strategic Ministers, including Premier David Eby ahead of the cabinet committee meeting discussing the Watershed Security Strategy and Fund.
On Friday, Dec 1, at a policy engagement session hosted by the Ministry of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship, Coaltion members learned that the timelines have slipped significantly for the WSSF, showing the fund being launched in the fall of next year.
The Coalition will be sending a follow-up letter to all relevant (new and returning ministers) and the Premier once the new cabinet is appointed on December 7th.
Government released a “What We Heard” Report that summarizes the feedback from public engagement on the Watershed Security Strategy and Fund Discussion Paper.
This Report summarizes key themes captured during the engagement process. Over 1,500 submissions were received from across the province from individual citizens, members of environmental organizations, representatives from other levels of government, business and industry including forestry, agriculture, mining and energy, partnership organizations, water suppliers, academia, professional organizations and health care fields.