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“Meeting of the Minds” in Parksville (Sept 2005): Build a communications network to address the issues facing the water and wastewater industry within the Vancouver Island region

"The group was asked to identify what issues, problems or concerns exist currently within the Vancouver Island region," wrote Kerry Elfstrom. "It was agreed that Vancouver Island could be the focus since it has clearly defined geographical boundaries, every element of the industry represented (suppliers, operators, consultants, educators, interested Associations etc.) and advantageous proximity to the provincial Government."

DESIGN WITH NATURE: North Shore Streamkeepers action plan focuses on “what we can do” to encourage local governments to implement effective rainwater management and protect streams on Metro Vancouver’s North Shore mountainside

"Community input has confirmed that we can work together to reduce the impact of stormwater on our communities and creeks. A consistent theme was that there are a lot of good things being done but it is time for 'the next step'," stated Glen Parker. " Modified sewer/drainage taxes will motivate property owners to manage their stormwater and/or provide resources for our communities to manage it for them."

DOWNLOADABLE BACKGROUNDER: Stormwater Impacts Communities and Creeks-What Can Streamkeepers Do? (released in March 2017)

“The stewardship community can work with local governments to inform the broader community," stated Zo Ann Morten. “We can open eyes and minds. We can open doors so that together we can make the changes necessary to achieve a vision for a watershed. It is the streamkeepers who have the on-the-ground knowledge needed to establish restoration priorities within a watershed. That is the key to benefiting from local input.”

FLASHBACK TO 2009: Convening for Action to advance Smart Planning & Living Water Smart in British Columbia – the “Penticton Forum” showcased partnerships, collaboration, innovation and integration in three regions (Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island)

A distinguishing feature of the Penticton Forum was the audience interaction segment that was part of each module. "The Province’s Living Water Smart and Green Communities initiatives provide a framework and direction for convening for action in the Okanagan, on Vancouver Island and in Metro Vancouver. Each regional initiative is developing a vision and road map for achieving settlement in balance with ecology," stated Glen Brown.

FLASHBACK TO 2008: “Shared stewardship means shared responsibility and accountability for water at the most appropriate scale and capacity,” stated Zita Botelho, Ministry of Environment, when providing a provincial context at Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation in the Cowichan Basin


“Water stewardship involves everyone. Government alone cannot provide all the solutions. Reaching our vision of safe, sustainable, and valued by all requires partnerships – both maintaining the ones we value, like the Water Sustainability Committee, as well as forging new," stated Zita Bothelo.

FLASHBACK TO 2007: Water Sustainability: from awareness to action in British Columbia – through partnerships, partnerships, partnerships! (article published in Environmental Science & Engineering magazine about a conference forum)

"Water is the piece that integrates everything that we care about. We are using the phrase water stewardship, not water management. Stewardship is about replacing self interest, dependency and control with service, responsibility and partnership," stated Lynn Kriwoken. The Water Sustainability Action Plan comprises inter-connected program elements that give local governments and practitioners the tools and experience to do things differently.

FLASHBACK TO 2006: University of Victoria’s POLIS Project published “Thinking Beyond Pipes and Pumps: Top 10 Ways Communities Can Save Water and Money”

The report is a practical guide that urges community leaders and water managers across Canada to look to water conservation and efficiency as the basis for a new urban water infrastructure. Too often, communities respond to 21st century water problems with 20th century solutions— bigger pipes and bigger pumps leading to bigger tax bills” says Michael M’Gonigle. “Communities are missing out the full potential of water conservation and efficiency.”

FLASHBACK TO 2005: Convening for Action in British Columbia initiative formally launched at a conference about “Water-Our Limiting Resource” (held in the Okanagan region)

The Kelowna conference was designed to be a transformational event that would be a catalyst for change. "It was an important first step in focusing stakeholder attention on the decisions that need to be made now if we are to move towards sustainable water management in BC. Collaboration is an essential ingredient if collectively we are to create the province-wide momentum that will result in substantive change related to water management and use," stated Don Degen.

FLASHBACK TO 2004: Developed through a precedent-setting partnership, the “Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia” launched a fresh approach for turning ideas into action

"The action plan’s goal is to encourage implementation of integrated water sustainability policies, plans and programs across the province. The action plan builds on the foundation provided by 'A Water Conservation Strategy for British Columbia', a previous partnership development. The ‘WaterBucket’ website is the key communication strategy for the action plan," stated the Hon. Bill Barisoff, former Minister of Water, Land & Air Protection.

ARTICLE: Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management – Embed ‘state of art’ hydrology in engineering ‘standard practice’ (Asset Management BC Newsletter, Summer 2017)

The Partnership for Water Sustainability provides a type of engagement and outreach with local government that provincial staff no longer provide. Collaboration with participating local governments creates sharing and cross-pollinating opportunities that help eliminate the ‘disconnect between information and implementation’," wrote Kim Stephens. "A desired outcome is that land use and infrastructure practitioners would understand how natural systems support municipal services."