Project Updates


Watershed Security in B.C.

Towards a resilient, just, and sustainable future

Since the POLIS Water Sustainability Project began in 2003, our team, along with many partners, has played a leadership role in advancing watershed governance, both in concept and in practice. Now, 18 years later, significant progress is being made by collaborative watershed governance initiatives across B.C. In light of this ongoing progress and the depth and nuance of these initiatives—and taking into account the increasingly stark realities of the climate crisis—we have started “looking beyond” ideas of watershed governance toward the broader concept and emerging research theme of watershed security.

A Warm Welcome!

Three new team members join the POLIS Water Sustainability Project

We are thrilled to welcome Sherry Da, Deana Machin, and Montana Lewis to the POLIS family!

Poll: B.C. residents say water is top environmental issue in province

Strong majority (77%) want industry to pay more to secure and restore watersheds in B.C.

A public opinion poll released by the Real Estate Foundation of BC and POLIS shows that water is now the top environmental issue in the province. Six in ten B.C. residents say they are concerned about pollution of lakes, rivers, and streams—topping the list of concerns about interrelated environmental issues, including climate change, declining salmon stocks, and deforestation.

Borders as places of cooperation and reconciliation

The POLIS team is pleased to have welcomed Benjamin Perrier as a postdoctoral researcher over the past year, where his work is focusing on transnational law and transboundary watershed governance between Canada and the United States. “As water creates links between different countries, we must be able to think of these links in terms of cooperation, coordination, and co-governance,” says Ben.

Introducing New Collaborative Monitoring Initiative

We are pleased to welcome Ania Javorski as Coordinator for the new Collaborative Monitoring Initiative (CMI). The CMI is a partnership between the BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative and Watersheds BC, both of which are projects of MakeWay, and the POLIS Water Sustainability Project. 

Reconciliation Resources

Compiled in response to the mass burial site discovery at the Kamloops Residential School

A list of statements, organizations, and reports to help deepen our understanding of the residential school experience, what reconciliation means, and what changes reconciliation requires of us. This list is not comprehensive and will be continually updated.

Water Resilience

New Book on Management and Governance in Times of Change

On March 24th, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project and Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Center (ESRC) hosted the virtual book launch for "Water Resilience: Management and Governance in Times of Change." The book explores the importance of a “water resilience perspective” to better adapt to the environment’s inherent complexity and uncertainty.