3rd Annual Vancouver Island Water Symposium: April 22 - 24, 2020
Last year, many of us attended the 2nd Annual Vancouver Island Symposium on Water Stewardship which was held here in Parksville. Delegates learned how communities can apply science-based understanding to restore the natural water balance to our creeks and rivers that have been impacted by land development. Local government initiatives that are ‘getting it right’ and moving along pathways that lead to restorative land development were emphasized. Delegates came from Sooke north to Port McNeill; from Metro Vancouver east to Alberta; and from south of the border (Washington State, Virginia and Mississippi). The symposium was well attended and included biologists, engineers, planners, streamkeepers, politicians, and administrators.
The topics included Shelly Creek as a case study for a creek that has been negatively impacted by the standard water management practices used in development.
This year's symposium, titled "3rd Annual Vancouver Island Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate" will be held in Courtenay on April 22, 23 and 24. This year's theme is "Climate Change, Collaboration and Landscape Restoration". The fee for members of stewardship groups like ours is $105/person if registered by February 29. If you would like to attend this year's symposium, you can register here. Let us know if you are attending and we can perhaps arrange for some carpooling. Instructor Dave Derrick from Mississippi, 2019 Symposium - photo by David Mackenzie