Working for Watersheds: How B.C. Can Grow a World-Class Watershed Sector

Date: July 13th, 2021


Drawing on key findings from the Working for Watersheds study (Delphi, 2021), this webinar explores the real opportunity to grow a world-class watershed sector in B.C. and highlights community-driven work happening now in watersheds across the province.

Speakers Rosie Simms (POLIS) and Tim Morris (BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative) discuss the current economic impact of B.C.’s watershed sector, as well as its growth potential.

Ben Clark (Delphi Group) shares key conclusions from the Working for Watersheds study, including the need for a provincial Watershed Security Fund and ideas for addressing funding barriers to Indigenous-led initiatives and employment.

Discussant Zita Botelho (Watersheds BC) shares progress on the Healthy Watersheds Initiative (HWI), a $27 million program funded as part of the B.C. government’s economic recovery plan. HWI is supporting B.C.’s economic recovery through investments in more than 60 local watershed conservation and restoration projects across B.C.


The Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series brings together expert water practitioners and thinkers, as well as emerging water leaders, to engage with innovative ideas on water policy and governance in Canada. By creating an online community of interest, the series strengthens the national capacity to engage with and solve problems, and raises awareness about emerging Canadian water issues, best practices, and policies. The series began in 2010 and is hosted by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria.