By Sarah E. Staggs ByPublished Feb 04, 2018 06:45:55The British Columbia Premier says she will propose legislation that would require a water quality review every year to update provincial water quality guidelines.
Premier Christy Clark says the legislation would also require a “rethink of how we have water quality requirements” in the province.
She says the proposed legislation would be part of the government’s plan to “revisit our water quality goals.”
In a news release, Clark says: “It is clear that the province of British Columbia has not met its water quality targets.”
The province has already been forced to revise water quality measures several times, most recently in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The legislation would require an annual review to ensure the province meets its targets and also would require water quality assessments to be done by trained professionals.
Clark says that is necessary to ensure B.B.C.’s water quality is “in line with our environmental and social responsibility obligations.”
She says this is also necessary for ensuring the province can meet its environmental commitments, such as the province’s commitment to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
“Our water quality needs to be maintained and improved.
It is essential that this process is transparent and accountable to the public,” she says.
Clark did not immediately respond to a request for comment on her plan.
The issue of water pollution and glass splashbacks has been a contentious one for decades.
The issue has been brought up by politicians, activists and residents.
Clark, a former U.S. president, says her government’s efforts to address the issue have been “ambitious and courageous.”