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Flowing Values: the evolution of water governance

Are you interested in water policies in British Columbia and the Okanagan? If so you will be interested in the public lecture Flowing Values: the evolution of water governance which is being presented by Dr. John Janmaat, Associate Professor of Economics at UBCO.

Sponsored by the Lake Country Heritage and Cultural Society, this lecture will take place at the Creekside Theatre, 10241 Bottom Wood Lake Road in Lake Country on Sunday February 15th at 1:30 p.m. Doors open at 1:00; admission is by donation.

Professor John Janmaat will consider how water rights emerged in different parts of the world and the system we adopted here in British Columbia. He will explore the history of water in B.C. and the Okanagan. Janmaat will then discuss the new Water Sustainability Act and how that reflects at least some of the changes in our values with respect to the environment and public engagement.

Professor Janmaat grew up in the Fraser Valley on the family dairy farm. He earned a degree in Agricultural Economics from UBC with a view to running the family farm, but was more drawn to academic life after gaining a masters degree from UBC, an MBA from Simon Fraser University and a Ph.D. from Queens University. His first academic position was at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. He always wanted to return to the west and the mountains and in 2007 he accepted a position at UBC here in the Okanagan, where he is Associate Professor of Economics and RIC Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability.

For more information about this and upcoming lectures please contact Lake Country Museum Archives at 250-766-0111, e-mail or


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