BC Municipal Drought Preparedness Workshop: March 3rd, 2016

The Water Planning Lab will be hosting a workshop on municipal drought preparedness. The workshop will share lessons from the drought of 2015 and build drought preparedness among water planners for municipalities most affected by the drought—primarily island municipalities, the Okanagan, and the Lower Mainland. While recognizing each municipality’s unique set of challenges and existing approaches, the purpose of this workshop is to identify key issues, prioritize research questions, and create a roadmap for the effective implementation of innovative water conservation policies.

Other goals include:
  • Bring together practitioners and researchers to reflect on lessons learned from the recent summer drought of 2015.
  • Share with water professionals and practitioners the knowledge, data, and insights being generated by the research team at the Water Planning Lab at UBC.
  • Inform the research priorities of the Water Planning Lab, and help ensure that we are addressing policy-relevant and timely research questions.
  • Identify synergies and partnership opportunities with water professionals and municipal policy-makers.
  • Improve awareness about the tools, policies and measures that municipal governments may use to build drought preparedness.

The workshop will be held March 3rd, 2016, at the University of British Columbia (exact location TBD). Invitations will be sent out in January 2016. Please e-mail water.planning@ubc.ca if you have any questions about the workshop.