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Rethinking our Water Ways — The Regional Workshops


A wrap-up report and speaker presentations are now available from “Rethinking our Water Ways” a series of five regional workshops  on water and watershed planning hosted by FBC in Prince George, 100 Mile House, Salmon Arm, Chilliwack and New Westminster between September 2011 and January 2012.

Thanks to all presenters and participants who attended the workshops and took this opportunity to: 

  • discuss key water and watershed issues, challenges and opportunities
  • increase awareness and capacity for water planning
  • understand climate impacts and adaptation and
  • share local and regional perspectives, initiatives and success stories.

The 2011-2012 workshop series complemented the release of FBC’s Rethinking our Water Ways guide and website.

Check out the workshop report and presentations.

Workshop Report

Rethinking our Water Ways: A Report on Regional Workshops on Water and Watershed Planning in the Face of Climate Change and Other Challenges

Workshop Presentations

Rethinking our Waterways:
Workshop Agenda and Overview

Steve Litke, Fraser Basin Council
Shuswap River Watershed Sustainability Plan Anna Page and Laura Frank,
Regional District of North Okanagan
City of Vancouver: Climate Change Adaptation Tamsin Mills, City of Vancouver
Peeling Back the Pavement:
POLIS Water Sustainability Project
Jesse Baltutis, POLIS
RAC | San Jose Watershed: Investigating the Impacts
of Climate Change on Forests, Water and Forest Resources
Harry Nelson, UBC

Watersheds, Groundwater and Public Health

Marc Zubel, Fraser Health Authority

Metro Vancouver’s Tap Water Campaign

David Hocking, Metro Vancouver

Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process

Mike Simpson, Fraser Basin Council

Agriculture Water Demand Model

Ted van der Gulik, Ministry of Agriculture

About Rethinking our Water Ways

This website is a guide to help BC communities learn more about planning for local watersheds and water resources, navigate current planning processes, consider relevant issues and challenges — including regional climate change impacts —  and build capacity to develop and implement plans.


The Rethinking our Water Ways guide and website are possible thanks to funding support from the BC Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Canada's Regional Adaptation Collaborative Program. The guide and website were launched and distributed through a series of regional workshops throughout BC, with funding contributions from the Fraser Salmon and Watersheds Program, Environment Canada and the Real Estate Foundation of BC. Learn more about our funders and advisors.

We want to hear from you

Share your suggestions for this website, and ideas for future water workshops, with:

Steve Litke
Senior Program Manager
T: 604 488-5358

About the Fraser Basin Council

Rethinking our Water Ways is an initiative of the Fraser Basin Council (FBC), a charitable non-profit society that advances sustainability in the Fraser River Basin, across BC, and beyond. Established in 1997, FBC brings people together from multiple sectors to learn about sustainability and find collaborative solutions to current issues. Learn more about FBC by visiting