The Emerging Crisis in Canada

by Harold Foster and W R Derrick Sewell

Dr. Foster and Dr. Sewell call upon the federal government to recognize that environmental protection and other priorities are, in fact, interdependent and that Ottawa must take responsibility for coordinating analysis, implementation and evaluation of water policy in Canada.

Like energy crisis, the water crisis has been in the making for decades, but a prevailing myth of superabundance about water has made it difficult to sustain public interest.  However, careful analysis of available data by the authors confirm that existing water sources may not be able to cope with current and projected needs.  Sewell and Foster point out that growing demand must be met not by "extensive" water management but by an "intensive" approach that emphasizes recycling, rationing, improved technology and other measures to achieve more efficient use of supplies on which we now draw.

About the Authors

HAROLD D. FOSTER and W. R. DERRICK SEWELL are with the department of geography at the University of Victoria.  Dr. Foster who teaches hydrology and geomorphology, has served as a consultant on resource policy and disaster planning to industry and government in Canada and to the United Nations.  Dr. Sewell, department chairman, specializes in the economic and institutional aspects of resource management.  He is the author or co-author of more than 20 books and monographs and advises several governments and international organizations.

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