According to the PRRD, the stewardship approach has been recognized over the past decade as an effective way to recognize the importance of shared responsibility in the management of natural resources and to reduce harmful outcomes from social behaviour.

In addition, the program aims to enhance the quality of life by defining, enabling and rewarding actions that improve natural resource management.

Karen Gooding, Chair of the Peace River Regional District says the program will be beneficial as it provides insight from a variety of experts.

“The PRRD is pleased to have the opportunity to host this workshop. We believe this panel will present the importance of water stewardship from the viewpoint of their various roles.”

Four guest speakers will be taking place in the panel discussion, each offering their unique insight and knowledge into the subject.

Gilles Wendling, President and founder of Global Aquifer Development Foundation will be providing over 18 years of knowledge and consultation about the complexity of ground water. His foundation is a Canadian charity which creates partnerships with developing countries and assists in the establishment of groundwater management systems.

Reg Whiten of the Dawson Creek Watershed Stewardship Program will be in attendance, sharing his vision, priorities and actions in developing a fully integrated watershed management approach. His ideas build upon a scientifically based research and monitoring system for tracking and addressing water quality, quantity and land-use changes throughout Dawson Creek’s community watershed.

Environmental Health Officer for Northern Health, Crystal Brown, will also be speaking, addressing various components surrounding a safe water supply, covered within the Northern Health Drinking Water Program.

Finally, the fourth speaker is Allan Chapman, who will be talking about the regulation and management of water use for oil and gas activity in B.C. Chapman is the hydrology and water resource expert with the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission and is the lead on most aspects of water and water management for the Commission.

The discussion panel will be taking place at Dawson Creek’s George Dawson Inn, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the discussion beginning at 6:30 p.m.