Water is an essential component of our life, well-being and economy. Water is the focus of many environmental assessments (EAs): either as a water resource-related project subject to an EA or where a proposed project may have an impact on our water resources. With technological advancements, improvements in our use and understanding of scientific and Indigenous knowledge, policy enhancements, climate change, cumulative effects, regional and strategic EA and increased public scrutiny, EA practitioners are facing emerging water-related issues in EAs at an ever-accelerating rate.
These emerging issues present challenges as well as opportunities. To tackle these issues, EA practice must evolve by using innovative approaches and new technologies and tools to help plan, manage and protect water resources.
What are the emerging water-related issues that are changing the way EA is practiced in Ontario and elsewhere? How are EA practitioners tackling these issues through innovative approaches or new technologies and tools to help protect water resources?
This year’s conference will explore these themes by considering: