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In 2007

“Beyond the Guidebook Initiative” unveiled at 2007 Water Balance Model Partners Forum hosted by Metro Vancouver


Surrey’s Fergus Creek Watershed Plan is the pilot for Beyond the Guidebook. The plan is based entirely on implementing ‘green solutions’ as an alternative to conventional engineered ‘blue solutions’. “The Fergus plan demonstrates how to protect stream health in the urban environment”, noted David Hislop. “In addition to rainwater capture on individual lots, the strategy for replicating natural infiltration processes includes creation of contiguous large-scale green corridors through the watershed.”

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FLASHBACK TO 2007: “Beyond the Guidebook Seminar” introduced an APEGBC audience to resources and successes for protecting stream health in British Columbia


“The Stormwater Guidebook set in motion a chain of outcomes that has resulted in BC being recognized internationally as a leader in implementing a natural systems approach to rainwater management in the urban environment,” stated Minister of Environment Barry Penner in 2007. “The Convening for Action initiative creates an opportunity to move beyond rainwater management to embrace all components of the water cycle through integrated water management.”

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Capture Rain Where It Falls: Ted van der Gulik and Jim Dumont explained Performance Targets in the context of paradigm-shifts at the 2007 Water Balance Model Partners Forum


“In 2002, British Columbia’s Stormwater Guidebook facilitated a paradigm-shift in the state-of-the-practice because it demonstrated that rainfall capture was achievable. The next paradigm-shift in the state-of-the-practice will revolve around the way we relate runoff volume management to stream erosion and water quality. Volume is something that local government has control over, and it is measurable,” stated Ted van der Gulik.

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Capture Rain Where It Falls: North Vancouver’s Richard Boase described implementation of “Tree Canopy Interception Research Project” at 2007 Water Balance Model Forum


“While considerable research has been done in the natural environment, very little has been in an urban setting anywhere in North America. We have installed 60 tree canopy climate stations across the North Shore,” stated Richard Boase. “At the end of the day, the project will enable communities to make informed planning decisions about designing with nature. Research results will populate the Tree Canopy Module in the Water Balance Model.”

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Capture Rain Where It Falls: Surrey’s David Hislop informed the 2007 Water Balance Forum that the Fergus Creek Watershed Plan is the pilot for “Beyond the Guidebook”


The plan is based entirely on implementing ‘green solutions’ as an alternative to conventional engineered ‘blue solutions’. “The Fergus Creek plan demonstrates how to protect stream health in the urban environment”, noted David Hislop. “In addition to rainwater capture on individual lots, the strategy for replicating natural infiltration processes includes creation of contiguous large-scale green corridors through the watershed.”

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Rainwater Management: In 2007, a ‘Knowledge Translation Strategy’ funded by Canadian Water Network showcased BC initiatives


“Innovative approaches are needed in order to mitigate the risk of flooding, pollution, and aquatic ecosystem degradation, and enhance beneficial uses of urban waters. To examine such approaches, a series of three regional conferences on innovative rainwater and stormwater management were held in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto during 2007 to 2008. Funding provided by the Canadian Water Network enabled us to bring together a pan-Canadian team of academics and practitioners,” stated Dr. Hans Schreier.

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Green Infrastructure Leadership Forum on Monday, December 3, 2007 will draw attention to Vancouver Island initiative


To capture their attention, this question was posed to local governments on Vancouver Island: how can your Regional Growth Strategy or Official Community Plan be aligned with A Positive Settlement Strategy? “If we are to control our destiny, then we need to challenge Vancouver Islanders to visualize what they want this place to look like in 50 years and get on with creating our future,” stated Rod Sherrell.

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Green Infrastructure message resonates with British Columbia engineers at “2007 Beyond the Guidebook Seminar”


“We started the day with high expectations that the Beyond the Guidebook Seminar would prove to be a transformational event, and we exceeded those expectations as the day unfolded. Further, my prediction is that this event will become part of our green infrastructure folklore,” stated Kim Stephens. “A key is that those who were there come away inspired and start doing things differently in their day jobs as a result of what they learned by being part of the moment.”

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2007 BCWWA Annual Conference Theme: Working Towards Sustainable Communities


Environment Minister Barry Penner singled out the accomplishments of the BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee in delivering the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia through partnerships with his Ministry and others. The Minister’s recognition of the WSC set the stage for a half-day Action Plan session within the main conference program, organized by the WSC in collaboration with the Green Infrastructure Partnership.

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