Provincial Drought Webinar

The drought of 2015 was the most severe in recent memory and had many local governments and water suppliers scrambling to manage water supplies to avoid negative impacts on communities, the economy and the environment.  Many local governments imposed water conservation bylaws and managed water efficiently but some communities were within weeks of running out of water.  The Province activated the BC Drought Response Plan, set provincial drought levels, monitored stream and ecosystem conditions, took regulatory actions, and elevated public and political awareness of drought.  The drought of 2015 served as a wakeup call, and actions are now being undertaken to improve drought resiliency through improved planning, preparation and response.

While conditions in 2016 are not as severe as in 2015, some level of drought is expected in some areas of the province this year.  With the objective of improving local awareness and preparation for drought in 2016 and beyond, the Province, in partnership with UBCM, will be holding an interactive Drought Webinar on July 12, 2016 1 – 2 p.m.  The webinar will:

  • describe the current status of drought and forecasts for the province;
  • discuss the possible impacts of drought (including new tools for water regulation under the Water Sustainability Act);
  • provide information for planning and preparing for drought including accessing funding for drought preparation;
  • provide guidance for what to do in extreme situations;
  • provide links to information resources; and,
  • will include an interactive question and answer session.

To register for this free webinar and receive access information, please send an email to bcdrought@gov.bc.ca by noon, Monday July 11.  If you have any questions please contact Rachael Ruszel at 250 387-6308.

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