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Population growth, urban expansion, agriculture and natural resource extraction all contribute to increases in the demand for water in BC. According to the BC Ministry of Environment (Water Stewardship Division), if current trends continue, water demand will grow by more than 30% in the next 25 years.
Some surface water sources have already experienced shortages, or have licensing restrictions in place. At the same time, climate change is altering hydrology patterns in BC, with projections for a reduced snowpack, earlier spring melt, dry periods and low summer flows in some areas.
From 2009-2012 the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC) supported projects aimed at better managing a limited water supply for users, supporting ecosystems and reducing water use conflicts. Ready to research? Start with the ReTooling Essentials resources featured on this page.