Rainwater Management in a Watershed Sustainability Context – What’s the Goal?

“The legislative authority for integration of land use planning and asset management, including financial management, already exists. Local governments can develop a truly integrated Asset Management Strategy that views the watershed though an environmental lens," states Glen Brown. “The Province’s Living Water Smart and Green Communities initiatives are catalysts for ‘designing with nature'."

REGISTER NOW for seminar on “Sustainable Rainwater Management: Mimic the Water Balance to Protect Watershed & Stream Health!” (on September 19, 2013 in Vancouver)

"Do you wonder what “sustainable rainwater management in a watershed context” looks like on the ground? Then register now to participate in a seminar where you can learn from the proven experience of two municipalities that are leading change in the Metro Vancouver region, namely: District of North Vancouver and City of Coquitlam," urges Tim Pringle.

Mimic the Water Balance: Partnership releases program overview for Metro Vancouver Seminar on Sustainable Rainwater Management

“The seminar is an opportunity to share lessons learned by the City of Coquitlam over the past decade. Changing the way we do things means taking on new challenges and not always getting it right the first time. Securing political support for a watershed-based approach to community planning paved the way for development and implementation of rainwater management applications that mimic the Water Balance," states Melony Burton.

“Collaborative initiatives will help municipalities better deliver on regulatory compliance,” Kim Stephens informs Metro Vancouver Regional Engineers Advisory Committee

"Everything the Partnership does is founded on the proven experience of local government champions who are leading change in BC. Inter-regional collaboration will help everyone go farther, more efficiently and effectively, to achieve these three objectives: design with nature, implement green infrastructure and mimic the Water Balance," states Kim Stephens.

What Are the Shortcomings with Low Impact Design (LID)?

"The approach of focussing on water quality is short-sighted and will prove to be only a part of the solution. It seems that everyone has forgotten the pioneering work of Richard Horner and Chris May in the late 1990s in Washington State," states Jim Dumont. "It is critical to look at the stream to see its condition and its needs, rather than assuming that one solution from another region is the only solution."