About This Project
In the summer of 2015, the Lower Mainland of British Columbia experienced an unusually hot and dry summer. The province’s declaration of Level 3 and 4 droughts and the related water restrictions brought water management to the forefront of public discussion. While Metro Vancouver is not intuitively associated with water availability concerns, managing water quantity and quality in the region is an ongoing challenge in and outside times of drought; particularly in the agricultural sector–a primary water consumer.
Poor or absent regulation and monitoring of groundwater and surface water use in agriculture severely limits the capacity to assess water reserves and consumption and strategically manage water resources in times of water stress. This creates uncertainty regarding future water availability and risk within the agricultural sector.
The Water Sustainability Act, coming into force in 2016, aims to address this concern by instating groundwater licensing systems as well as regulations to reserve water for agricultural lands. Improving our understanding of the irrigation demand for agricultural production is a crucial step toward strategically managing the water resources upon which the agricultural industry depends.
This investigation aims to address this concern by using the Agricultural Water Demand Model for Metro Vancouver (AWDM) as a comparative assessment tool. The AWDM is used to investigate irrigation demand within Metro Vancouver’s Agricultural Land Reserve in order to inform policy makers with regards to water management.
How to use this site:
Click SHOW to access the navigation menu and view the different project sections. The most thorough understanding can be obtained by viewing the sections the order that they are presented.
A full report can be as a pdf downloaded here shortly.
Summary: An overview of the project’s justification, major findings and conclusions. What are the concerns related to irrigation in Metro Vancouver agriculture? What tools were used to address these? What are the primary findings and conclusions?
Background The motivation behind this assessment, addressing the following questions;
Agricultural Water Demand Model: Describes the comparative assessment tool used to complete the investigation.
Project Goals: Specifies the target audience and primary goals of the assessment.
Scenarios: This section outlines the changes in irrigation demand under two management scenarios:
Future Research: What areas should be targeted in future research?
Conclusions: An overview of the project findings and key messages.
Works Cited: List of citations referenced within the text.
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