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REGISTER NOW for a workshop on “Flow and Grow! – Balancing Economy, Ecology and Settlement in the Okanagan” (November 29, 2016 in Kelowna)


"The Irrigation Industry Association of BC and the Partnership for Water Sustainability are again partnering to co-host and jointly organize a workshop about water management. This is the fourth consecutive year that our organizations have collaborated,” states Kim Kim Schaefer. This year the workshop moves to the Okanagan after being held in the Lower Mainland (2013, 2015) and on Vancouver Island (2014). The workshop will address both immediate and long term water security issues.

BEYOND THE GUIDEBOOK 2015: To download a copy of “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management”……


Five Regional Districts representing 75% of BC’s population are partners in the Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Educational Initiative (IREI). A program deliverable is the Beyond the Guidebook 2015. It is a progress report on how local governments are ‘learning by doing’ to implement affordable and effective science-based practices. It is the third in a series that builds on Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia.

Convening for Action in British Columbia


"Convening for Action is a provincial initiative that supports innovation on-the-ground. From the perspective of those leading and/or participating in regional programs, having this community-of-interest provides the opportunity to 'tell our story' and 'record our history' as a work-in-progress," states Ray Fung.

Green, Heal and Restore the Earth: Ian McHarg’s “Design with Nature” vision has influenced implementation of British Columbia’s Water Sustainability Action Plan


In his 1969 book, Design With Nature, Ian McHarg pioneered the concept of environmental planning. "So, I commend Design with Nature to your sympathetic consideration. The title contains a gradient of meaning. It can be interpreted as simply descriptive of a planning method, deferential to places and peoples, it can invoke the Grand Design, it can emphasize the conjunction with and, finally it can be read as an imperative. DESIGN WITH NATURE!," wrote Ian McHarg.

REGISTER NOW: Metro Vancouver and Partnership for Water Sustainability co-host Agriculture Water Forum in Richmond (November 3, 2016)

"Agriculture is a large fresh water user and the demand for water will only increase as summers get longer, hotter and drier," states Ted van der Gulik. "BC needs 215,000 hectares of irrigated agriculture to feed the current population. With careful planning, the irrigated area in the Lower Mainland could be increased to 69,000 hectares at buildout. From both the food security and resiliency perspectives, this underscores the strategic value of agricultural land in the Fraser Valley.”

FLOW & GROW WORKSHOP: Blue Ecology water cycle and principles – a unifying theme for “Spirit & Science – An Inclusive Journey” (Module A)

Blue Ecology is a concept whose time has come. Pioneered by Michael Blackstock and supported by UNESCO, Blue Ecology emerged from interweaving two ways of knowing – a First Nations spiritual and traditional ecological perspective; and a Western science secular and ecological (water balance) perspective. "Hydrologists and water managers can use the hydrological and Blue Ecology cycles to help explain how and why the climate is changing," states Michael Blackstock.

It is necessary to connect past and present research to “think and act like a watershed”, Kim Stephens informed the Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society at its 2016 Annual General Meeting

"Everyone learns about the water cycle in elementary school, but by high school most have forgotten what they learned," said Kim Stephens. "What does this mean for communities? Consider that a legacy of community and infrastructure design practices has failed to protect the natural water balance (hydrologic integrity). Failure has financial, level‐of‐service and life‐cycle impacts and implications for taxpayers. The results can be very expensive to fix."

Lower Nicola Indian Band installs largest community-owned solar panel system in B.C.

The system is designed to help power the community’s school and feed electricity back into the local grid. “It’s not just investing in renewable energy. It’s about investing in our children and our grandchildren and our future generations, and it’s about investing in our environment and taking care of our water and lands and our animals. We think it’s a deeper investment than just a financial one," stated Chief Aaron Sam.

FLASHBACK TO 2014: Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC recognized City of Coquitlam as a Champion Supporter and celebrated the accomplishments of staff

"There is no question that all of Council relishes Champion Supporter recognition. We strive to make sure that our watersheds work properly. We have a number of committees that are aimed at improving the health of the watershed and the health of the river - everything from sand and gravel operations to the way in which stormwater management takes place adjacent to city streets, the kinds of initiatives we have undertaken and continue to undertake," stated Mayor Richard Stewart

FLOW & GROW WORKSHOP: “Plants will adapt to either over-watering or under-watering,” reports Ken Salvail, horticulturalist and co-host of Grower Coach garden show

"It has become a mentality to over-water in the Okanagan, yet in nature plants dry out between waterings," states Ken Salvail. "We are training plants to live with a steady supply of water rather than training for long periods without water. We can take almost any plant and wean it over time to live without water by stretching the time between waterings, weaning it gradually."

FLASHBACK TO 2014: Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC recognized City of North Vancouver as a Champion Supporter and celebrated the accomplishments of staff

“On the North Shore, people are passionate about their creeks. Protection of salmon habitat and stream health is important to us. We all can make a difference by designing with nature. The change starts with rain gardens. A single rain garden will not make a material difference to stream health. But 1000 rain gardens would be a different story. Restoring stream health requires a long-term commitment," states Mayor Darrell Mussatto.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Real Estate Foundation of BC sponsors keynote presentation by Bob McDonald, host of “Quirks & Quarks” on CBC Radio, at Flow & Grow Water Sustainability Workshop (Nov 2016)

The REFBC has been making grants in support of the health and resilience of natural freshwater systems for many years. “Freshwater sustainability is making choices that protect freshwater resources now and in the future," states Jack Wong. “In a 2014 public opinion poll we commissioned, we found that 93% of British Columbians view water as our most precious natural resource. Water connects us to prosperity, quality of life and a sense of ‘home’.”

ANNOUNCEMENT: CBC’s Bob (Quirks & Quarks) McDonald headlines “Flow & Grow Workshop” (Nov 29, 2016)

Loved by audiences across Canada for making complex scientific issues understandable, meaningful, and fun, Bob McDonald has been a fixture in radio and television broadcasting for more than 30 years. “A global perspective reminds us of the limited availability of fresh water on the planet, a vital life sustaining resource that demands a raised level of consciousness and commitment,” says Bob McDonald.