The WaterWealth Project would like to congratulate Laurie Throness & John Martin for their successful election in the ridings of Chilliwack-Hope and Chilliwack. We look forward to working with them as they fulfill their responsibility to protect the home waters that sustain our communities' prosperity. We also look forward to continuing to work with other local residents to support long-term fresh water protection.
In a mere 4 weeks, nearly 2000 people signed the WaterWealth Declaration. Signatories call for local control over decisions that impact our home waters. They voice an urgent need to protect our home waters and drinking water from threats, including permanent chlorination, the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and private run of the river hydro projects. We look forward to continuing to build support to ensure our political representatives respond to the needs of their constituents and uphold respect for Aboriginal rights & title.
The Liberal government made a pre-election commitment to modernize the Water Act in 2014, and we look forward to stronger water protection legislation. Public opinion polls have shown that over 86% of British Columbians believe that fresh water is important to prosperity and quality of life. Our work in the Fraser Valley has reinforced the conclusions of these polls, and we have generated a swell of support and enthusiasm for our work. Yet voter turnout was alarmingly low, with rates of 52% in Chilliwack and 54% in Chilliwack-Hope. The WaterWealth project is looking forward to inspiring more Fraser Valley residents to vote on election days to come.
Many important decisions that impact our home waters are on the table over the course of the next four years, and we are committed to working to ensure that our home rivers, lakes and streams receive the protection they deserve. We invite more of our community to join us.