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Will Koop (1954 - ) is a well-known Vancouver environmental activist who has been focused on logging and drinking water quality of the Greater Vancouver watersheds since the late 1980s. In 1992, Koop published a 113-page research paper titled “Wake Up Vancouver”. In the report, Koop stated how a 30-year-old GVRD policy of not logging the Greater Vancouver watersheds was reversed in the early 1960s. Since that time, Koop has authored dozens of reports and books to advocate his concerns. One of his major publications is a book titled “From Wisdom to Tyranny: A History of British Columbia’s Drinking Watershed Reserves” (2006).
In 1997, Koop helped found and serves as the coordinator of the British Columbia Tap Water Alliance which promotes the protection of the public drinking water sources in British Columbia and advocates to end all logging activity in the Greater Vancouver watersheds. Under the effort of public advocacy groups including the BC Tap Water Alliance, the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) resolved to end all logging activity in the Greater Vancouver watersheds in 1999.
Besides protecting the Greater Vancouver watersheds, Koop has recently turned his attention to the use and impact on water by the oil and gas industry. In 2010, Koop started a website called Stop Fracking British Columbia. He has been investigating and pioneering concerns about hydraulic fracking and writing reports and media releases.
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Created 2020-05-13, CY