Canada needs a new approach to water management

    Pollution Probe report presents a vision for change and strategy to
    improve water management in Canada and meet the environmental needs of
    watersheds across the country.

    OTTAWA, March 20 /CNW/ - Pollution Probe released a report today titled,
"A New Approach to Water Management in Canada" that presents a national vision
and a strategy to guide water management.
    Pollution Probe's vision calls for a new approach to water management
that contains an inclusive watershed-based approach; a stewardship ethic that
motivates all Canadians to contribute to the sustainability of their
watersheds; a solid knowledge base that informs effective decision making, and
the financial investment to ensure it happens.
    "Water defines life in Canada," said Rick Findlay, Director of Pollution
Probe's Water Programme. "Based on a series of meetings we held across Canada,
we heard Canadians speaking out about the need for a new vision and a new
approach to water management in Canada. The results are in. We know that there
are many challenges. This document outlines how to get the job done."
    Specific responsibilities are set out in Pollution Probe's "A New
Approach to Water Management in Canada" vision and strategy. A few include:

    -   The federal government should:
        -   Lead the creation of a Canada Water Council to provide on-going
            national leadership, coordination and guidance in implementing
            the New Approach
        -   Encourage the creation of non-profit, non-governmental Water
            Trusts in watersheds across Canada with strict fiduciary
            accountability and a mandate to encourage investment in watershed
    -   Provincial, territorial and regional governments should:
        -   Work together more effectively on neighbouring and shared
            watersheds such as the combined Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence
            River region
        -   Ensure watershed management takes place in their respective
            jurisdictions through enabling legislation and regulations
    -   Municipalities and individuals should:
        -   Know our watersheds, demand information and get involved in
            watershed management, where we live.
        -   Integrate watershed management with municipal responsibilities
            including land use planning and development decisions.
        -   Promote water conservation in the context of local watershed
            management planning and undertake long-term sustainable
            management of infrastructure assets.

    "Watershed solutions need to reflect regional realities. A new level of
leadership, coordination and commitment by all levels of government is needed
to manage our water resources wisely, for the long haul." said Findlay.

    To download a PDF version of the New Approach to Water Management in
Canada vision and strategy report, click

For further information:

For further information: Rick Findlay, Director, Water Program, (613)
237-8666; Matt Retallack, Senior Project Manager, (613) 237-3786

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