Environmental Regulation and Resource Development in British Columbia

This past week, Evidence for Democracy (E4D) released a report on the state of government research capacity and oversight in British Columbia. The results weren’t pretty. Government scientists feel that they don’t have enough resources to fulfill their mandates, with negative impacts on environmental regulation. Because of budget shortfalls, they increasingly rely on external professionals,…

tapwater

Rural Drinking Water Challenges

When you live in the city it’s easy to ignore the complications of getting good drinking water. All you have to do is turn on the tap and the treated water comes flowing out. Though there’s the odd city resident who feels that municipal water treatment—fluoridation in particular—is damaging to their health, they don’t realize…

Watershed management: the big and the small

I live in the Shawnigan Lake watershed – a 110 km2 parcel of land edged by the hilly topography of the glacially scraped coastal hills, with the jewel of Shawnigan Lake nestled almost directly in the middle. The lake is a key drinking water source for many who live along the lakeshore, though it sees…

Wildfire and water

Well my op-ed in Al Jazeera English just came out today. Check it out here. Huge thanks to Colin Schultz for editing help prior to submission, and for promoting the article on the Smithsonian blog! Apparently I need to have a few more ideas brewing for future articles. Any suggestions from blog readers of what…