"We spent the last half a century trying to control runoff with dikes, storm sewers, curbs and gutters. Now, increased development and increased storm intensity from climate change are increasing peak flows and altering the rules of the game," states Anna Warwick Sears.
“The Okanagan Rainwater Workshop is important. It was one of three regional events that served as high-profile platforms for rollout of Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia," stated Mike Tanner.
"The WATER Institute promotes understanding of the importance of healthy watersheds to healthy communities. It is emphasizes that land-use management strategies must thoroughly analyze the impact of human activities on the hydrologic cycle, and how these activities affect species, community and ecosystem dynamics," explains Brock Dolman.
During the period 2000-2001, the mantra in British Columbia was "overcoming fear and doubt" in order to move ahead with projects such as the East Clayton in the City of Surrey, and UniverCity on Burnaby Mountain in the City of Burnaby. it was Patrick Condon of UBC who said: ‘If we fail, it will be a generation before anyone will even have the opportunity to try again; so we must not fail’.
"The policy framework for integrated liquid waste and resource management recommends that Metro Vancouver municipalities re-focus Integrated RAINwater/Stormwater Management Plans (ISMPs) on watershed targets and outcomes," stated Kim Stephens.
“The easy access and calculation speed combined with the embedded data and information allows the user to easily and effectively plan and design green infrastructure techniques which will achieve the vision and objectives established for the Site, the Development, or the Watershed,” stated Jim Dumont.
"The Bowker Creek Blueprint provides member municipalities, the CRD, the community and other land stewards with information and guidance to restore the watershed and creek corridor over the next 100 years," stated Jody Watson.