“Local governments bear the entire financial burden to stabilize and restore watercourses impacted by increased rainwater runoff volume after land is developed or redeveloped. The resulting unfunded ‘infrastructure liability’ is a driver for the ISMP Course Correction,” stated Ted van der Gulik.
“Conditions that apply to the approved Metro Vancouver plan highlight the importance of land use planning in protecting stream health. The conditions focus attention on how the degree, type and location of land development can affect the long-term health of the watershed,” summarizes Avtar Sundher, Ministry of Environment.
"Water accumulates and flows as interflow through the topsoil as it follows the path of least resistance (rather than through the underlying tighter soils). This explains why surface flows from pervious surfaces are often observed to be nil," states Jim Dumont, Engineering Applications Authority for the Water Balance Model Partnership.
"The ‘Level-of-Service’ approach is becoming the integrator for everything that local governments do. What level of service does a community want, and what level can it afford? These choices will eventually determine the level of effort expended in conjunction with restoring or protecting watershed functions over time," states John McMahon.
"An ISMP is a potentially powerful tool. It can generate the blueprint for truly integrated and coordinated action at a watershed scale. The experience of pioneer leaders serves as a guide for an approach that is affordable, connects with the community, and gets the watershed vision right," states Kim Stephens.