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ARTICLE: Ecological Accounting Protocol – A Tool to Calculate the Opportunity Cost of Drainage Infrastructure (Asset Management BC Newsletter, Winter 2017)


“Over the past year, we have improved the logic of the Ecological Accounting Protocol. In a nutshell, it is about specific values (pricing) – not imputed, generalized values,” wrote Tim Pringle. “Since cost-avoidance, at least perceived cost-avoidance, motivates much of the decision-making process about infrastructure, and development in general, why has the obvious role of natural assets been omitted to date? The Ecological Accounting Protocol suggests it is the lack of measurement.”

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ARTICLE: Vision for “Sustainable Watershed Systems” resonates with audiences in BC and beyond (Asset Management BC Newsletter, Winter 2017)


“At the dawn of 2017, the purpose of this article is two-fold: take stock of our progress in 2016 to inform and educate; and foreshadow where we may be at year-end,” stated Kim Stephens. “Early uptake of the vision for Sustainable Watershed Systems has exceeded our expectations. There is clearly interest and an appetite to learn more. It is an idea whose time has come.”

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DOWNLOAD: “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management” – Local stream stewardship volunteers may yet be the difference-maker (Feb 2017)


“As we learn more about what influences early salmon life history, stewardship groups are asking questions of their local governments about the linkages between small stream habitat destruction and land developments. Now, the scope of their involvement and influence is expanding beyond the creek channel,” stated Peter Law. “Looking ahead, an informed stewardship sector may prove to be the difference-maker that accelerates implementation of the whole-system approach.”

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OP-ED ARTICLE: The Moment of Truth for a Changing Climate (published in the Vancouver Sun in January 2017)


“The laws of physics provide a reality-check: the warmer the global temperature becomes, the more water the atmosphere can carry,” wrote Bob Sandford. “The risk is that, until we stabilize the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere, phenomena such as atmospheric rivers are likely to cause greater flooding and related economic damage widely – forever making sustainability and adaptive resilience a moving target. So what will we do?”

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ARTICLE: “Green + Blue Parallels from Down Under” – reflections by Kim Stephens in Sitelines magazine (October 2016)


“Every author (who contributed an article to the October 2016 issue of Sitelines) has emphasized how intertwined the social and economic dimensions of our ‘watershed assets’ are with their ecological benefits. In his article, Kim Stephens draws parallels between made-in-BC solutions and those ‘Down Under’, noting cultural differences but the common need to adapt,” explained Julie Schooling.

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OP-ED ARTICLE: Victoria’s stormwater utility looks to the future (published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on October 15, 2016)


“Over time, the Stormwater Utility provides the City of Victoria with the capability to foster a watershed stewardship ethic and influence landowner actions on the ground for the common good. These outcomes can be achieved through education in combination with financial incentives. It is about connecting the dots,” wrote Kim Stephens. “In the case of Victoria, the dream is a Water-Resilient Future. The City’s goal: use rain as a resource and mimic the function of natural systems.”

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OP-ED ARTICLE: We must protect watershed systems (published in the Vancouver Sun on October 13, 2016)


“Work needs to be done today to ensure we see a secure water future. Benefits are long-term,” wrote Kim Stephens. “Successful programs that are politically supported would ensure we restore the water balance and have sustainable watershed systems. This approach has the potential to re-set the ecological baseline along the east coast of Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland. Success would be abundant salmon in urban streams.”

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FEATURE ARTICLE: Sustainable Watershed Systems – Nature’s Assets Provide Vital Community Infrastructure Services (published in Innovation Magazine, Sep-Oct 2016)


The Municipal Engineering Division invited Kim Stephens to make a presentation on Sustainable Watershed Systems at the 2016 APEGBC Annual Conference. “We then invited Kim Stephens to write an article for Innovation magazine that would help spread word about his presentation, as well as provide a sneak peek for conference attendees,” states Monique Kieran. “The article serves as a proceedings article for the conference presentation.”

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ARTICLE: Partnership for Water Sustainability publishes Primer to support vision for “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management” (Asset Management BC Newsletter, September 2016)


“A key message in the Primer is the necessity of ‘staying true to the science’ IF communities are to achieve a vision for sustainable watershed systems,” wrote Kim Stephens. “Achieving sustainable watershed systems through asset management will require long-term commitment by communities, successive municipal councils and regional boards, and generations of land and water professionals.”

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ARTICLE: Getting the Most from Infrastructure Assets: Ecological Accounting Protocol (published in Asset Management BC Newsletter, September 2016)


“The Ecological Accounting Protocol (EAP) is an economic tool to make real the notion of ‘watersheds as infrastructure assets’. EAP would support four related analytical approaches to capital expenditure and life cycle costs represented in infrastructure (drainage) services drawn from natural assets. These are Substitution, Cost Avoidance, Environmental (watershed health) Benefits, and Attributed Values,” wrote Tim Pringle.

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