Metro Vancouver to implement Joint Water Use PlanMetro Vancouver to implement Joint Water Use Plan<div class="ExternalClass83286A780D2846A8A2ED111B0B4A6E41"><p>Metro Vancouver is set this year to implement its Joint Water Use Plan for the Capilano and Seymour watersheds, which aims to provide sustainable management of the reservoirs for drinking water, fish habitat, recreation and potential hydropower generation.</p><p>The Joint Water Use Plan (JWUP), approved by the B.C. government earlier this year following a rigorous consultation process, offers recommendations for the operation of the reservoirs and dams in the Capilano and Seymour watersheds, with respect to how the water is released and allocated for different uses.</p><p>The plan supports Metro Vancouver’s Drinking Water Management Plan, which guides the management of drinking water for the region. Its implementation offers several potential benefits, such as regulatory support to maintain a long-term drinking water supply, the ability to manage drinking water supply even during dry periods and improved aquatic activity and fish migration. Additional benefits include the potential for improved angling, kayaking and canoeing.</p><p>In addition, a proposed hydropower project at the Capilano Reservoir has the potential to generate enough green energy to power about 6,000 homes per year and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A reassessment of the feasibility for a business case on this project is underway.</p><p>Development of the Joint Water Use Plan began in 2010 and included input from stakeholders such as member municipalities, government agencies, technical experts, First Nations, interested community groups and BC Hydro.</p><div class="small-12 medium-4 columns"><p> <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/218314660" target="_blank"> <img src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu42-video-jwupmeeting.jpg" alt="" style="width:300px;" /></a></p></div><div class="small-12 medium-8 columns"> <p> <strong>Joint Use Water Plan (2012) </strong></p><p>In November 2012, Metro Vancouver adopted the Joint Water Use Plan, to consider new ways we can utilize our water resources.</p></div></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu42-salmon.jpg2018-04-30T07:00:00ZGP0|#d3e8d469-5d09-45bf-a563-5bb6d8ae49fd;L0|#0d3e8d469-5d09-45bf-a563-5bb6d8ae49fd|Issue 42;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass6BFFC045E32B4CDDAADB0FFB3ED9E65A"><p>​Metro Vancouver is set this year to implement its Joint Water Use Plan for the Capilano and Seymour watersheds, which aims to provide sustainable management of the reservoirs for drinking water, fish habitat, recreation and potential hydropower generation.</p></div>0Coho salmon in the Seymour River