Habitat and Sustainability (formerly Land Use)
Habitat and Sustainability Committee Chairs:
Water pricing framework that can be used to ensure management, data collection, monitoring and reporting, infrastructure, enforcement and conservation objectives are met
Currently enforcement is virtually non-existent
- There have been multiple areas identified where illegal pumps have been placed in fish bearing streams
- The Kettle river has been on the ‘endangered rivers’ many times due to water extraction (illegal in many cases) without reprieve
- Despite legislation which allows to sanctions/penalties government is unwilling to enforce them
- Currently enforcement is virtually non-existent
All fees collected by an organization which is arms length from government and the political process
- The organization must have autonomy to set fees to ensure objectives are met
- Offences and fines should reflect the true costs of offences
- Mechanisms to ensure impacted stakeholders have a voice in critical water decisions through local watershed management boards.
Protection of groundwater and dam safety should require bonding for commercial users
- Bonding should be sufficient to ensure costs associated with decommissioning/failures will not be paid solely by the public
Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area: "The Case for Compensation"
In April 2013, a group of concerned citizens formed a group named ‘New Futures for the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.’
Their purpose was to determine the rationale for the government changes to the area and to decide whether to take action if they considered these changes to be inconsistent with the objectives for the CVWMA.
The following paper supports the objectives of this group and provides a history of the development of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. However, and most importantly, this paper provides a rationale and argument for adequate and permanent funding of the CVWMA.
Land Use Briefs
Ecosystem Restoration (March 2010)
AGM 2011 Land Use Committee Report ( April 2011)
AGM 2010 Land Use Committee Report (April 2010)