This volume provides readers with an opportunity to learn from front line water managers of watershed-based agencies across Canada about integrated water management (or integrated water resource management). In common with practice in much of the world, the responsibility for implementing integrated watershed management in Canada is fragmented. Each province and territory in Canada has developed unique approaches or governance models to guide decision making in that regard. Thus, this edited volume enables readers from around the world to gain insight on the best practices in Canada for achieving success and addressing barriers to implement IWM.
Although there remains non consensus about how to "best" approach river basin management, some of the main observations include:
- There is a need to balance a focus on "the big picture", with scoping the scale and scope of planning activities in order that feasible and effective solutions can be implemented
- Three types of integration are popular among the agencies included in the book: (i) among environment, economy and society, (ii) interactions between people and the environment and (iii) integration (or coordination) of administrative activities.
- Much more attention is required to achieving effective engagement from Indigenous communities
The chapters were originally published in a special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development.
1. Integrated Water Resources Management in Canada: the experience of watershed agencies Dan Shrubsole, Dan Walters, Barbara Veale and Bruce Mitchell Editors Note Dan Shrubsole, Dan Walters, Barbara Veale and Bruce Mitchell 2. Integrated watershed management and Ontario‘s conservation authorities Charley Worte 3. Implementing integrated water management: illustrations from the Grand River watershed Barbara Veale and Sandra Cooke 4. Lessons from implementing integrated water resource management: a case study of the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, Ontario Paula Scott, Brian Tayler and Dan Walters 5. Integrated water resource management and British Columbia‘s Okanagan Basin Water Board Natalya Melnychuk, Nelson Jatel and Anna L. Warwick Sears 6. The integrated watershed management planning experience in Manitoba: the local conservation district perspective Colleen Cuvelier and Cliff Greenfield 7. Applying integrated watershed management in Nova Scotia: a community-based perspective from the Clean Annapolis River Project Levi Cliche and Lindsey Freeman 8. Integrated watershed management in the Bow River basin, Alberta: experiences, challenges, and lessons learned Judy Stewart and Mark Bennett 9. The Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program: implementing integrated watershed management in Newfoundland and Labrador Kailyn Burke 10. Implementing integrated watershed management in Quebec: examples from the Saint John River Watershed Organization Marie-Claude Leclerc and Michel Grégoire 11. Setting the stage for integrated water resources management: the case of the Upper Kiskatinaw River, British Columbia Whiten, R.C.