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2004 thru 2010

FLASHBACK TO 2007 PUBLICATION: The Green Infrastructure Guide – Issues, Implementation Strategies and Success Stories


“Two complementary strategies can ‘green’ a community and its infrastructure: first, preserving as much as possible of the natural green infrastructure; and secondly, promoting designs that soften the footprint of development,” wrote Susan Rutherford. “Green infrastructure design is engineering design that takes a ‘design with nature’ approach, to both mitigate the potential impacts of existing and future development and growth and to provide valuable services.”

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FLASHBACK TO A WATERSHED MOMENT: “Beyond the Guidebook 2007: Context for Rainwater Management and Green Infrastructure in British Columbia” – first in a series of provincial guidance documents initiated a science-based approach to stream health evaluation


“The Stormwater Planning Guidebook recognized that water volume is something over which local government has control through its infrastructure policies, practices and standards. ‘Beyond the Guidebook’ builds on this foundation by advancing a runoff-based approach and tool – the ‘Water Balance Model powered by QUALHYMO’– to help local governments achieve desired urban stream health and environmental protection outcomes at a watershed scale,” stated Ted van der Gulik.

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Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia


Beyond the Guidebook 2010 describes how a ‘convening for action’ philosophy has taken root in British Columbia. “It is a great resource, well written. Down to earth, and in line with what the Water Sustainability Action Plan speaks about… The new business as usual, connecting the dots and giving useful tools and roadmaps for success. It is an easy read, and captivating with the stories, quotes and pictures,” states Kathy Bishop.

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Flashback to 2009: Magazine article on “Rainwater Harvesting: A Way to Meet Targets for Living Water Smart in BC”


Living Water Smart comprises more than 40 actions and targets, including ones that focus on ways to save water and use the savings to meet growth in demand. New commercial buildings and/or land redevelopment to a higher density create opportunities to implement rainwater harvesting. An example is the Capital Region District (CRD) headquarters building in Victoria, reports Jody Watson.

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Getting Green Infrastructure Built Right: City of Surrey hosted the 2009 Metro Vancouver Water Balance Model Forum


“The Forum was a success. We have been getting some pretty good feedback from many of the people who attended the workshop (specifically developers and consultants). It’s leading into more direct communication with certain developers who are looking at different approaches … they seemed encouraged with the dialogue that the forum appeared to promote,” stated Remi Dube,

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Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Leading Change in British Columbia


“Released in 2002, Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia is a pioneer application in North America of ‘adaptive management’ in a rainwater management setting. In fact, this is one of the five guiding principles for ISMPs. In the Guidebook, adaptive management means: We change direction when the science leads us to a better way,” stated Kim Stephens.

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Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Water Sustainability Action Plan releases the “ISMP Course Correction Series”


“The purpose in publishing the ISMP Course Correction Series is to draw attention to lessons learned and insights gained by those local government leaders who have ISMP and related experience. The sharing of experience will help stretch limited resources so that local governments can ‘do more with less’ in applying and benefitting from a ‘regional team approach’,” stated Tim Pringle.

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British Columbia’s Green Communities Project: Expectations and Programs


“We are using the slogan The New Business As Usual to convey the message that, for change to really occur, practices that until now have been viewed as the exception must become the norm moving forward. We have to build regulatory models and develop models of practice and expertise to support The New Business As Usual”, stated Dale Wall.

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