"Without action, we cannot move our communities forward. This year's Convention will offer an opportunity to take our goals, and forge them into tangible outcomes and continue to build gold medal standard communities," stated Harry Nyce.
Three provincial initiatives profiled: BC’s Water Act Modernization Process, Provincial Drought Response Plan, and the Water Sustainability Action Plan. "With local governments increasingly adopting integrated sustainability planning approaches, there is a greater need to develop and strengthen collaborative partnerships amongst all orders of government in environmental management," stated John Slater.
Beyond the Guidebook 2010 synthesized a set of ten guiding principles that provide a framework for a successful local government implementation process. Ray Fung spoke to these principles. “So, what we mean by shared responsibility is that everyone has a role, and everyone can act…. all levels of government, developers, regulators, bureaucrats, consultants, planners, engineers…. we all have a role."
The 2003 Annual Convention of the Union of BC Municipalities initiated an Outreach and Continuing Education Program (OCEP) that promotes a 'water-centric' approach to community planning and development. "The 2010 UBCM Annual Convention provided us with a platform to showcase we what have accomplished on the ground," stated Ted van der Gulik.
"Beyond the Guidebook 2010 is the story of what has been accomplished on the ground since 2004, through partnerships and collaboration, under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan. It speaks to the convention theme, Forging Gold Medal Standards, because 2010 is a year that will not soon be forgotten in British Columbia," stated Kim Stephens.
"So many in local government are searching for the magical ‘silver bullet’to resolve watershed issues and challenges. Yet soil, vegetation and trees can do more for our watersheds than decades of planning, consulting and complicated engineering design will ever achieve," stated Richard Boase. "Our challenge has always been how do we implement this kind of basic change in land development practice."