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The Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia (the Partnership) is the hub for a “convening for action” network in the local government setting, is responsible for delivering the Water Sustainability Action Plan program through partnerships and collaboration, and embraces a vision for shared responsibility where all the players align their efforts for the common good.
The Partnership plays a bridging role between provincial and local governments, and between local governments and the stewardship sector; and is the steward for Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia, a provincial guidance document released in 2002.
Under the Action Plan umbrella, the Partnership collaborates with government and others to develop methodologies, tools and resources to support implementation of the Whole-System, Water Balance Approach to land use, infrastructure servicing and asset management.
Released by the provincial government in February 2004, the Water Sustainability Action Plan provides a partnership umbrella for advancing on-the-ground initiatives in the local government setting.
In the early years, initiatives were inspired by and built on the conceptual foundation provided by A Water Conservation Strategy for British Columbia, released in 1998. Ian McHarg’s “Design with Nature” vision has influenced Action Plan implementation. The desired outcome is to achieve settlement, economy and ecology in balance.
A workshop on interweaving First Nations cultural knowledge and Western Science (November 28 in Richmond)
Blue Ecology frame provides a holistic cultural context to enhance Western science’s knowledge of the water cycle…more
Learn about implementation of a whole-system, water balance approach in British Columbia to protect and/or restore stream and watershed health
The approach simplifies things down to an understanding of the consequences of changes in duration of flow …more
Mimic the Natural Water Balance & Protect Stream Health
The IREI promotes “sharing & learning” and cross-pollinating of experience among local governments in five regional districts on the east coast of Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland regions of British Columbia …more
To Create a Legacy
Local government case study experience provides guidance for a collaborative approach that would achieve cascading objectives for Watershed Health, Resilient Rainwater Management and Sustainable Service Delivery …more
Resilient Rainwater Management
During October-November 2014, the series showcased the case study experience of BC local government leaders in five cities in four provinces – Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax …more
A Tool to Calculate the Opportunity Cost of Drainage Infrastructure
EAP is one of the twin technical pillars for the whole-system, water balance approach that would refocus business processes to properly manage watershed systems within the built environment. …more
The Partnership is a legal entity, incorporated in 2010 as a not-for-profit society, and delivers services on behalf of government. It originated as an inter-governmental partnership, formed in 2002 to fund and develop the Water Balance Model as a web-based decision support tool. The Water Balance Model was created as an extension of Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia. The objective? Facilitate application of the Water Balance Methodology. The desired outcome? Protect stream health in urbanizing watersheds. When the Water Sustainability Action Plan was released in 2004, the Water Balance Model was the centrepiece initiative. Similarly, the waterbucket.ca website was also an Action Plan initiative. The objective? Record our history as we create it. Showcase success stories. Celebrate the champions who lead by example. Action Plan experience informed development of Living Water Smart, British Columbia’s Water Plan, released in 2008, as well as the provincial government’s companion Green Communities initiative, also in 2008.
Inter-governmental collaboration and funding enable the Partnership for Sustainability in British Columbia to collaborate with others to develop (and share) approaches, tools and resources; as well as provide teaching, training and mentoring.
The educational goal of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia is to build practitioner capacity within the local government setting to implement a whole-system, water balance approach branded as Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management.
Comprehensive and coordinated use of the decision support tools and calculators listed below, which includes calculators developed by others (i.e. the bottom four), would help communities achieve this desired outcome.