Nova Scotia Launches Water Strategy

Environment

December 16, 2010 1:10 PM

NOTE: A social media version of this release with hi-res downloadable photos and video clips is available at http://gov.ns.ca/news/smr/2010-12-16-Water-Strategy/ .

A new water strategy released today, Dec. 16, by Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau will help protect precious water resources now and into the future.

"Nova Scotians care about their water, and they want to ensure it is well protected and properly used," said Mr. Belliveau. "This strategy will guide our actions toward a healthier environment and more prosperous future."

Water for Life outlines 29 actions to be completed over the next 10 years, including:
-- establishing a Nova Scotia Water Advisory Group to advise government on the implementation of Integrated Water Management and the strategy
-- assessing surface water and groundwater in watersheds;
-- requiring water conservation plans from large water users;
-- building community capacity for water monitoring in watersheds across the province.

"The strategy values water as meaningful part of our lives and not just as an economical resource," said Janelle Frail, executive director of the Nova Scotia Environmental Network. "We are delighted that the strategy will provide an approach to water management that includes stakeholders such as non-governmental and watershed groups."

The minister also unveiled the first major project under the water strategy. The department will provide a $19,000 grant to Dalhousie University to collect information to help assess the state of Nova Scotia's major watersheds that will be shared online.

"The Nova Scotia Watershed Assessment Program is a key step in advancing our understanding of the quality and quantity of our water resources in Nova Scotia," said Shannon Sterling, assistant professor of environmental science at Dalhousie University.

"Our work on this program will mobilize valuable watershed information for communities, researchers, industry, agriculture, government, First Nations and other stakeholders."

Nova Scotia is home to more than 13,000 kilometres of coastline, thousands of lakes, numerous river systems, wetlands, and groundwater resources.

The development of a comprehensive water resources management strategy was a commitment of the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act.

For more information on the water strategy visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water .


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     A new water strategy will help protect the health and

economic prosperity of Nova Scotia's precious water resources

today and into the future.

     Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau released the

strategy today (December 16th) saying it will provide government

with a plan to manage the province's water resources, ensuring

their protection and conservation.

     The minister also announced the first water strategy project

which will be led by Dalhousie University. The development of a

comprehensive water resources management strategy was a

commitment of the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity

Act.

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