Fraser Valley – Agricultural Water Workshop [fv03]
|Status||completed in 2017|
|Project Lead||BC Agricultural & Research Development Corporation|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, City of Abbotsford, City of Chilliwack|
During workshops for development of the Fraser Valley Adaptation Strategies, producers highlighted information gaps around the future of agricultural water in the Fraser Valley. Concerns were raised about the changing regulatory context governing water use, as well as the ways that climate change might influence both supply and demand of water during the agricultural production season.
This project will provide knowledge transfer related to the local water context as well as agricultural water management options and innovations. Following a scan of knowledge gaps and areas of interest, and through consultation with local industry representatives, local government and producers, the specific content for a day-long workshop will be determined. The workshop will include a range of relevant water-related information for producers including: future water supply, the provincial regulatory context (the Water Sustainability Act) and water management practices and technologies. Local examples of successful implementation of best practices and technologies will be included through photos, producer presentations, discussion and question and answer sessions. Integration of drainage management topics will also be included to address the range of climate-change related water issues that producers are dealing with in the Fraser Valley.
The project will also develop handouts documenting useful information shared at the workshop and a workshop summary document, which will both be made widely available upon project completion.