"I now see that we are one very small step away from seeing this region embrace rainwater harvesting in a manner in which I had only thought was something to dream about; and I am inspired to really push to see that the goals that we have for our North Vancouver watersheds are realized," stated Richard Boase.
“We believe we have an exciting program. We have brought together a powerhouse team of nine rainwater champions. These individuals are leading change in BC and/or beyond. They are all very passionate about what they do. They have wisdom, are pragmatic, and their enthusiasm is contagious," states Mike Tanner.
"During the AGM, we will also be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for BC. The Partnership is helping the Province of British Columbia to implement the Living Water Smart and Green Communities initiatives. This is done through a shared responsibility in delivering the Action Plan," states Tim Pringle.
"The workshop is built around the Annual General Meeting of the partnering organizations. At the conclusion of the morning session, we will take a 90-minute lunch break to hold separate annual meetings. Then it will be back to the workshop,” states Karen van der Gulik.
"The common perception is that British Columbia has an abundance of water…but does it? We are often water-short when demand is greatest. And now our climate is changing. What are the implications and opportunities for rainwater harvesting as a source of water for potable and non-potable uses?," asks Kim Stephens.
"Embracing Seasonal Rainwater is designed to see how much of the peak storm flow we can attenuate during rain events in an effort to provide a low-cost increase in system capacity while engaging residents in their role in the urban water cycle. It also has the potential for reducing potable water use for irrigation in the summer months," states Carolyn Drugge.
"Water demand management has come a long way. Community-based social marketing practices are taking hold; volumetric pricing is becoming the norm; and Canadians are more conscious of their water use behaviour. But what does the future hold?," asks Kirk Stinchcombe.
"The value of the new module is in large part educational. We see it as a way to raise awareness of the urban water cycle and how this understanding could eventually be applied in practice, especially by those who are involved in the design of infrastructure and communities," observes Richard Boase.
"Elementary students mainly from Mount Pleasant have learned about streams, created related art projects and a community parade. The St. George Rainway project is meant to be a community-building project as much as it is an engineering project," explained Shahira Sakiyama.
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