Pops for Parks Funding Mechanism in the United States New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and Michigan fund environmental programs by claiming deposit fees from unrecycled beverage containers, which otherwise remains as a profit with the beverage industry. In B.C., there were 16 million dollars’ worth of unclaimed bottle deposits in … Read more
Central Arkansas Water (CAW) began funding its watershed protection program using a $0.45 monthly meter fee, which they displayed on bills to increase customer knowledge of watershed protection. The fee generated over $1 million annually and was used primarily to purchase land and conservation easements, but also for other watershed … Read more
In the York Region of Ontario, developments in vulnerable zones such as Wellhead Protection Areas require a Source Water Protection Permit. B.C. municipalities could implement similar permits in groundwater recharge areas to contribute funds towards source water protection.
The Regional District of Nanaimo collects upwards of $500,000 per year to fund their Drinking Water and Watershed Protection (DWWP) program thanks to a parcel tax ($7.50) implemented by member municipalities and electoral areas. Prior to the creation of the DWWP program, staff at the RDN engaged community members in … Read more