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BC RAC Key Areas of Focus > Water Allocation and Use

Water Allocation and Use

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

ReTooling Resources

You can also explore a great selection of water allocation and use resources on the ReTooling website.


Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351

We are grateful at the Fraser Basin Council Society to live and work on the unceded ancestral
territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.