On Tuesday, March 22, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George Heyman and the Minister of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship, Josie Osborne, issued a statement saying they will be committing an additional $30 Million towards watershed security projects for BC.
“With this investment we will be adding to the more than 60 projects initiated last year under the StrongerBC economic recovery plan to restore salmon and wildlife habitat, help communities adapt to climate change through nature-based solutions and gather critical data on water quality and quantity.”
The statement highlighted the importance of watersheds and the important role it plays within the Province.
“We recognize the risk a changing climate poses to the health of our communities and ecosystems, and are making significant investments to restore and enhance watersheds and wetlands around B.C.”
The announcement came from a statement in recognition the 2022 World Water Day.
The international observance day was implemented by the United Nations to highlight the importance of fresh water, the observance happens every 22nd of March each year.
“Today, we join with people across British Columbia and around the world in celebrating World Water Day. Our water is a precious and limited resource,” reads their statement. “We depend on it for drinking, washing, growing our food, our livelihoods and recreation. It’s as important as the air we breathe and the land on which we stand.”
The federal government looks to work with both indigenous peoples and different levels of government to create a watershed security strategy for BC.