posted on 4:06 PM, January 11, 2017
Population growth, urban expansion, advances in agriculture and natural resource extraction all contribute to an increasing demand for water in BC. If current trends continue, water demand will grow by more than 30% in the next 25 years.
Some surface water sources have already experienced shortages, or have licensing restrictions in place. At the same time, climate change is altering hydrology patterns in BC, with projections for a reduced snowpack, earlier spring melt, dry periods and low summer flows in some areas.
BC RAC has supported work of local governments, agricultural producers and other water users in the province to help addresses some of the challenges around modernizing water allocation system and making it more robust in the face of climate change and other pressures.
BC RAC project highlights
You can also explore a great selection of water allocation and use resources on the ReTooling website.