WHO WE ARE
The BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative emerged as a strategic project of the BC Water Funders Collaborative, a group of funding organizations working together to help advance water protection in British Columbia.
In 2016, members of the Collaborative—including the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Sitka Foundation—recognized the growing momentum behind improved watershed planning and governance in B.C. Working in partnership with MakeWay, they combined their resources to create the BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative.
Drawing on local experience and expert advice, this unique initiative makes capacity investments in leadership and innovation at the watershed scale to advance water sustainability throughout B.C.
The BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative is coordinated by a team of 3 staff, guided by a
Steering Committee, and advised by our network of partners,
watershed governance practitioners and experts.
"I have worked on water issues my entire career. What excites me most about this work is contributing to community driven solutions that harness the knowledge and energy of local champions."
"I believe the challenges we face with respect to water also present a real opportunity to advance reconciliation. I am excited about the potential for collaborative discussions and partnerships to generate the creative solutions we need to protect our watersheds."
Director, Watershed Partnerships
"I believe we have a responsibility to create a better, fairer, and more equitable future. I am excited about the opportunity for bold action in BC that builds a legacy of secure watersheds for Indigenous and non-Indigenous British Columbians. If we take care of our watersheds, our watersheds can take care of us."