About the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia
The vision of the Partnership is that water sustainability will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies and practices. The Partnership mission is to facilitate change. Because the Partnership is the hub for a ‘convening for action’ network in the local government setting, we are positioned to facilitate alignment of regional and local actions with provincial goals. By providing education, research, technical training and tools, we can help communities move from awareness to action to both reduce the increased demand for water and protect stream health from the adverse consequences of land development practices. Read More
FLASHBACK TO 2012: "A key challenge has been translating global climate science to local land-use decisions. The new Climate Change Module in the Water Balance Model helps overcome this obstacle,” stated Chris Jensen, Senior Policy Analyst, Government of British Columbia
- “If mitigation is about CARBON, then adaptation is about WATER. Hence, being able to quickly and effectively model how the ‘water balance’ may change over time is a critical input to local government decision processes," stated Chris Jensen. " We heard from communities that they desired an easy to use tool, ...more
FLASHBACK TO 2002: Build a Vision, Create a Legacy - which is the Tenth Paradigm on Andy Reese's Stormwater Management Continuum - is the guiding philosophy for "Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia"
- "We can begin to think about the Tenth Paradigm as one involving making decisions aimed at achieving healthy urban watersheds," wrote Robert Hicks. "Deciding what we want means we start with a common understanding and a shared vision of the future Target Condition for a healthy watershed. Having a Target Condition ...more
2017 Comox Valley Symposium: Moving Towards "Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management" - What would eco-asset management look like in practice, on the ground, through a local government lens?
- “The mandate of economics is how to allocate scarce resources to their best and highest use. Economics does not generally include nature or natural services in the discipline. The latest version of the discipline was developed in the 1930s. At that time, ecology was not a very developed discipline," stated Michelle ...more
GET IT RIGHT AT THE FRONT-END, OTHERWISE: "We end up paying far more to fix a problem further down the road when the absolute need to address it leaves no other option," wrote Rick Baumann, South Carolina newspaper guest columnist
- “The science of stormwater management is catching up with the development that has occurred. That is the problem. We are playing catchup – and application of the science is lagging far behind long established established knowledge," wrote Rick Baumann in a guest column. "As early as the 1940’s – when state ...more
DESIGN WITH NATURE: "It’s time we recognized the importance of intact nature and built green infrastructure as central to flood-prevention efforts," wrote David Suzuki
- "Floods have become one of the most visible signs of the effects of climate change in cities, towns and rural areas throughout Canada," stated David Suzuki. "The Insurance Bureau of Canada found one in five Canadians faces some level of flood risk, and 1.8 million households are at very high risk. ...more