Watersheds is an ongoing series of forums designed to inspire and nourish B.C.’s water community. For over a decade, Watersheds has brought together a diverse community of water leaders to engage with innovative ideas and encourage cooperation and collaboration on pressing freshwater challenges. By bringing together water practitioners, watershed groups, Indigenous nations and organizations, and other changemakers, Watersheds has created a tradition of building and deepening connections among B.C.’s freshwater community.

This image communicates the unfolding of a decade-long journey towards place-based watershed governance in B.C. Special elements of each Watersheds forum are highlighted along the way, reminding us of the people, places, ideas, and actions that have catalyzed and grown the watershed movement that we are all part of today. Created by Sam Bradd (Drawing for Change) with Kelly Bannister (POLIS) and Claire Wood (POLIS).

Fresh water in British Columbia faces many challenges, and addressing them will require cross-cutting solutions in water law, policy, and governance. Grappling with these challenges requires us to work together—across cultures, disciplines, and institutions—and to build or re-build relationships with each other based on trust, respect, and meaningful collaboration. Past forums have sought to find sustainable solutions and enhance collective capacity to advance watershed governance.