ARTICLE: Partnership for Water Sustainability publishes Primer to support vision for “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management” (Asset Management BC Newsletter, September 2016)

A watershed is an integrated system. The need to protect headwater streams and groundwater resources in BC requires that communities expand their view from one that looks at a site in isolation to one that considers all sites, the watershed landscape, streams and foreshores, groundwater aquifers, and so on, as an integrated system.

A watershed is an integrated system. The need to protect headwater streams and groundwater resources in BC requires that communities expand their view from one that looks at a site in isolation to one that considers all sites, the watershed landscape, streams and foreshores, groundwater aquifers, and so on, as an integrated system.

Watersheds as Infrastructure Assets

Released in September 2016, Sustainable Watershed Systems: Primer on Application of Ecosystem-based Understanding in the Georgia Basin is written in a magazine-style to appeal to technical and non-technical readers alike. TO DOWNLOAD A COPY, VISIT:

http://waterbucket.ca/rm/files/2016/09/Primer-on-Application-of-Ecosystem-based-Understanding_Sept-2016.pdf

The Primer serves as a refresher on core science-based concepts that underpin the vision for Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management, a guidance document released by the Partnership for Water Sustainability in November 2015.

Ask the Right Questions

“Local governments are starting to recognize that natural assets have value, ecosystem services have a role in municipal service delivery, and so need to be integrated into their asset management programs,” wrote Kim Stephens, Executive Director, Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC.

mg_1071_kim-stephens_australia_4aug2016_120p“Hence, the sixth in the Beyond the Guidebook Primer Series is written to help multiple audiences – whether elected, technical or stewardship – ask the right questions and ensure that ‘science-based understanding’ is applied properly and effectively to implement practices that restore the hydrologic integrity of watersheds.”

To Learn More:

Download Sustainable Watershed Systems: Primer on Application of Ecosystem-based Understanding in the Georgia Basin to read the complete article as published in the Fall 2016 issue of the Asset Management BC Newsletter.

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