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