Quick access to information based on government’s structure

  • Water Stewardship Division
  • Ministry of Environment
  • Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
  • B.C. Government Directory
  • Ministries and Organizations
  • Other Levels of Government

Water Web Links

Water governance

  • The Polis project on ecological governance’s water sustainability project recognizes that water scarcity is largely a social crisis of governance that should be addressed through integrated approaches to water management and decision-making.
  • UBC program on Water Governance conducts basic research on water management, engages the wider community in outreach and education on water issues, and facilitates dialogue on water governance between universities, communities, government, NGOs and the private sector.

Climate Change

  • B.C. Ministry of Environment, Climate Action Secretariat, Live Smart BC website
  • B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Climate Change website
  • Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium.

Stream health and aquatic environments

  • The Instream Flow Council (IFC) is an organization that represents the interests of state and provincial fish and wildlife management agencies in the United States and Canada dedicated to improving the effectiveness of their instream flow programs.
  • The Canadian Water Resources Association is a national organization of individuals and organizations interested in the management of Canada's water resources.

Learning about what you can do

  • Water Conservation Guide for BC – Now available!

    Water conservation is a valuable source of 'new' water that brings benefits to communities of all sizes. It can lighten the load on your existing water sources and systems, increase the efficiency of local water use, and save your utility money on treatment and distribution costs while protecting the environment and keeping water services affordable.

  • WaterSense, a partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, offers people a simple way to use less water. The program helps consumers make smart water choices that save money and maintain high environmental standards without compromising performance. Water efficient products and services earn the WaterSense label if they are at least 20 percent more efficient without sacrificing performance.
  • Waterbucket is an interactive port-of-call for water smart actions and ideas. It includes resources, information, tools, and case studies on many kinds of water sustainability issues.  
  • The Stewardship Centre British Columbia exists to provide a centre for information exchange, communications and outreach, and to foster partnerships and collaboration among those participating in stewardship in B.C.
  • The Living by Water Project was initiated in 1997 by two shoreline residents from British Columbia.  They provide programs, services, materials, and help groups develop tools and capacities to carry out shoreline awareness and outreach, as well as protecting and restoring shoreline habitat.
  • The Light House Sustainable Building Centre is a non-profit society dedicated to providing British Columbians with inspiration and information needed to implement sustainable building solutions.
  • The Water Balance Model is a planning tool that allowed the user to model the runoff on a site for source control evaluation and stream health assessment in order to assess environmental impacts in watercourses and the effectiveness of mitigation techniques.
  • The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation is a proposal-driven organization; the Trust Foundation invites funding proposals from anyone who has a good idea that seeks to benefit fish, wildlife and habitat in British Columbia.
  • Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation is a private, philanthropic foundation that supports research, leadership development and public dialogue on freshwater resources.