WSP Media Highlights - 2011

Conservation: How far can water-saving efforts take Abbotsford?—Article in Abbotsford News
October 2011
Abbotsford News

The WSP case-study The Soft Path Strategy for the City of Abbotsford and District of Mission is discussed in the context of the City of Abbotsford's construction of a new water supply and treatment plant. This article was published on October 20th in Abbotsford News.

Fergus-Elora Soft Path Strategy—Article in The Grand
October 2011
The Grand (Grand River Conservation Authority Newsletter)

This Fall issue article published in The Grand highlights the WSP report A Soft Path Strategy for Fergus-Elora, Ontario, including an interview with Innovation & Technology Director Carol Maas, and describes the potential for a successful soft path approach in the Grand River watershed.

North of 60: A Territorial Strategy with National Implications—Article in Flow Monitor
October 2011
Flow Monitor

This article, authored by the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes, appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of Flow Monitor. It outlines three priorities for federal action on water management, using Northern Canada as an example.

Abbotsford, Mission Part Ways over P3 Water Project—Article in The Tyee
July 2011
The Tyee

The WSP case-study Soft Path Strategy for the City of Abbotsford and District of Mission is referenced in this July 6th article, published in The Tyee.

Prominent scientists, environmentalists decry cuts to public sector and their effect on Canada's freshwater heritage—Article in Canada NewsWire
July 2011
Canada NewsWire

This article describes the release of a statement on behalf of environmental, social justice and First Nations organizations, decrying the cuts to public sector environmental initiatives, quoting the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes. The article was published by Canada NewsWire on July 4th.

New Soft Path Strategy Proposed for the Ontario Communities of Fergus and Elora—Article on Water Bucket Blog
July 2011
Water Bucket Blog

The WSP's work with the Grand River Conservation Authority and Township of Centre Wellington regarding a proposed water soft path strategy for the communities of Fergus and Elora is described in this article. It was published as a Water Bucket blog post on July 3rd.

POLIS Water Sustainability Project—Article in CWRA Runoff
July 2011
BC-CWRA Runoff Newsletter

A profile of the POLIS Water Sustainability Project, authored by the WSP's Laura Brandes, was published in the July 2011 issue of Runoff, BC-CWRA's digital newsletter. A PDF copy of the newsletter can be downloaded below. The POLIS profile is on pages 9 and 10.

Premiers Establish Water Stewardship Council and Water Partner Advisory Committee—Article in Canada NewsWire
June 2011
Canada NewsWire

The participation of the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes in the newly formed Water Partner Advisory Committee for the federal Council of the Federation Water Stewardship Council is noted in this article. It was published by Canada NewsWire on June 14th.

The water soft path—Article in Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine
June 2011
Environmental Science and Engineering Magazine

The WSP's Laura Brandes authored an exposition of the water soft path in the May/June 2011 issue of Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine

Environment commissioner anticipates federal action to improve freshwater monitoring—Article in The Hill Times
June 2011
The Hill Times

The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes discusses freshwater governance in this June 6th article, published in The Hill TImes. The article is part of a series of Water and Oceans Policy Briefings.

BC's Lack of Effective, Enforceable, Regulations—Article in SSIWPA Newsletter
June 2011
Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Authority (SSIWPA) Newsletter

This article profiles the guest talk given by the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes at the SSIWPA Annual General Meeting, regarding BC's need for effective, enforceable water regulations. The article was published on June 1st in the SSIWPA Spring/Summer Newsletter.

Soft Path Book is a "Must Read"
May 2011
Canadian Water Resources Journal

Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt reviewed Making the Most of the Water We Have: The Soft Path Approach to Water Management in the March 2011 issue of Canadian Water Resources Journal stating, "This book provides a fresh perspective on tackling water management issues and is a “must read” for anyone involved in managing water resources."

Edited by POLIS' David B. Brooks and Oliver M. Brandes, and environmental consultant Stephen Gurman, Making the Most of the Water We Have was published by Earthscan in 2009. The soft cover edition was released in March 2011.

The full CWRJ review can be found here.

Oliver M. Brandes quoted in Kelowna Capital News article
March 2011
Kelowna Capital News

The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes is quoted in this March 25th Kelowna Capital News article for his participation in a World Water Day panel discussion organized by the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

Our Water Future: A Better Way to Save on Water Costs—Article in Globe and Mail
March 2011
Our Water Future - Globe and Mail Insert

In this March 23rd article for Globel and Mail, Carol Maas describes the importance of embracing a new vision of water stewardship in York Region as a member of the Long Term Water Conservation Strategy advisory panel.

Oliver M. Brandes profiled in UBC Okanagan News article
March 2011
University of British Columbia Okanagan News

Oliver M. Brandes' presentation, "Thinking like a watershed: the future of water law and governance in B.C. and beyond," is profiled in the University of British Columbia Okanagan News. This talk was presented as part of the UBC Okanagan Distinguished Speaker Series and highlights the trends and challenges around water management, law, and governance.

"Water Act Modernization" Radio Interview on BC Almanac
March 2011
BC Almanac, CBC Radio One

WSP Project Leader, Oliver M. Brandes, talks with Mark Forsythe, host of CBC's BC Almanac, about the need for an updated provincial Water Act, the British Columbia Water Act Modernization process, and POLIS WSP's recent submission in response to the Government's Water Sustainability Act Policy Proposal.

Water, water everywhere!—Article in Media Planet
March 2011
Media Planet, for the Vancouver Sun

Anticipating a new "modernized" Water Sustainability Act, this article outlines opinions of several stakeholders (including the WSP's Oliver M. Brandes) regarding what needs to happen to ensure B.C.'s watersheds remain protected under the new Act. The article appeared in the March issue of Media Planet, an independent section to the Vancouver Sun.

Worth Every Penny: Making the Case for Conservation-oriented water pricing in Canada—Article in Municipal World
March 2011
Municipal World

The WSP's Oliver M. Brandes co-authored this article with Kirk Stinchcombe and Steven Renzetti, which was published in the March 2011 issue of Municipal World magazine. The article was based on the WSP research report Worth Every Penny: A Primer on Conservation-Oriented Water Pricing.

Taming of the Hogs—Article in Alternatives Journal
January 2011
Alternatives Journal

From the energy used to bring water to the tap to the water required for fossil fuel extraction, the water-energy nexus comes full circle in this article by POLIS' Carol Maas. Published in the January 2011 Water issue of Alternatives Journal.

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