"We cannot move forward with Asset Management without consideration of the environment, and therefore the watershed. Sustainable Service Delivery builds on the principles of Asset Management. It is going to be a component, and a requirement, under the next Gas Tax Grant Program. This is where we will find traction in moving Sustainable Service Delivery forward," stated Glen Brown.
"By serving as a communication vehicle to share information and experiences, we believe Water Bucket is helping to effect changes on the ground in water and land development practices in British Columbia," stated Mike Tanner.
"It is becoming increasingly apparent that conventional stormwater drainage systems are ill prepared to deal with increasing rain events and a drastically changed land surface. The questions that needs to be asked is how can we deal with this new reality and how do we change the traditional stormwater management system to cope with more frequent and higher flood events?", wrote Dr. Hans Schreier.
"Why did streets fill up and why did water back up into basements? Everything is to blame. No municipal system of sewer pipes can handle that much rain in such a short period of time. Moreover, the Chicago and metropolitan area is flat and we've removed the land's ability to absorb the rain that falls upon it," wrote Deborah Shore.
“Trees are the oldest form of green infrastructure in cities, but the urban forest is now broken. Planting trees in appropriate quantities of good soil and using stormwater and its nutrients to irrigate is beneficial to the urban forest and reduces city taxes by tens of millions of dollars," stated Peter Macdonagh.
"One of the more thoughtful landscaping undertakings I have seen will be installed over the next fifteen years on, appropriately enough, the grounds of the US Department of Agriculture headquarters in Washington. The site is prominently placed on the National Mall just steps away from the Washington Monument. The lengthy, detailed description of the People’s Garden reads like a manifesto for outdoor sustainability," writes Kaid Benfield.
Mayors are looking for alternatives to traditional infrastructure projects that will be cost-effective and provide residents with amenities. "What's so significant is that there was a unanimous vote on an issue that can be so divisive. When you peel away the high-level arguments and deal with the ground-level issues everyone just rolls up their sleeves and gets to work," said Laura Huffman.
“The Showcasing Innovation Series is a provincial pilot. When we talk to practitioners in local government, it doesn't matter what the region, the message is the same…they tell us that they are too busy to communicate with their colleagues in neighbouring municipalities. Yet the irony is that there is much to learn by sharing information with each other. At the end of the day, it seems that it takes a third party to bring people together," said Paul Ham.
“We can think of our natural resources — trees, streams, lakes, wetlands, soils — as infrastructure because they provide things we need such as shade, good air quality, drinking water, food and recreation. We need to know where our best forests, wetlands or farms are located in order to better protect them," said Karen Firehock.
“We've reviewed thousands of scientific sources, and the evidence is in - experiences of nearby nature in cities are associated with improved human health and wellness. Parks, trees, and gardens are indeed beautiful, but our work on economic values is showing that 'vitamin N' could become a therapy to reduce health costs,” said Dr. Kathleen Wolf.
"Capturing rainwater where if falls offers appealing technical alternatives to stormwater runoff capture than conventional end-of-pipe measures. Decentralized controls have the potential to reduce the frequency and volume of CSO events. In addition, a decentralized approach to stormwater management allows communities the flexibility to respond to everchanging economic and environmental conditions," stated Neil Weinsten.
"The goal of Blueprint Columbus is to 'treat the cause, not the symptom', This means working with residents to improve drainage from homes by installing sump pumps, redirecting roof run-off and repairing 'laterals', the pipes that carry wastewater from houses. And on a larger scale, it involves building a system of green infrastructure to keep excess stormwater from entering the sanitary system in the first place," says Dax Blake.