“Rainwater brochure will inform and educate homeowners about simple changes to how they develop or care for their properties,” says Kate Miller, Cowichan Valley Regional District

"We want folks to understand that stormwater and stormwater management and infrastructure are just a derivative of rain. Stormwater starts as rain. And if we can deal with it at that level on each site, our infrastructure will last longer and it will cost our communities less in terms of direct infrastructure. Also, there will be potentially less damage," stated Kate Miller.

LEADING CHANGE IN 2005: Organized by Don Moore (1959-2008), the “Let It Rain Conference” Showcased a Vision for Green Infrastructure in BC

“A new community is emerging in northeast Coquitlam at Burke Mountain. A key feature of planned development at Burke Mountain is a low impact, ‘natural systems approach’ to rainwater management. This approach will strive to preserve the natural water balance. In simple terms this means designing to get stormwater into the ground and to keep it out of the pipes,” stated Don Moore.

Sustainable Community Design: A New Approach to Rainwater Management (an article published by Innovation Magazine in 2004)

“Many agencies now recognize this commonsense approach to rainwater management as having triggered one of the most significant advances in urban hydrology in a generation. This was a deciding factor in the decision by the Real Estate Foundation to fund initial development of the Water Balance Model, and then to fund the Outreach and Continuing Education Program that supports the model," wrote Tim Pringle in 2003.

Leading Change in Metro Vancouver: Delta’s Rain Garden Program Connects a Generation of Students to their Watersheds

"Rain gardens at elementary schools improve fish habitat in Delta’s waterways by promoting infiltration of rainwater runoff. A ‘Rain Gardeners’ curriculum-based education program for Grade 4 and 5 students accompanies the rain garden construction. These ‘rain gardeners’ connect to their local watershed and raise awareness as to how everyday actions may impact nearby watercourses," states Sarah Howie.

University of Tennessee Research Project will Develop Guidelines for Use of Trees for Rainwater Management

The project, “Storm Water Goes Green: Investigating the Benefit and Health of Urban Trees in Green Infrastructure Installations,” will study the impact of trees on storm water management. “There is a critical need to understand the role of trees in urban areas in terms of natural storm water treatment. The knowledge we gain will allow planners and engineers to better understand how to control floodwaters naturally," said Jon Hathaway.

Retrofit Greener Urban Communities: 2006 WERF Report provided state-of-practice guidance for capturing rain where it falls to reduce CSOs

"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.

Leading Changes in Infrastructure Practice in the United States: What is Blueprint Columbus?

"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.

NEW ONLINE RESOURCE: Getting the Dirt on Dirt

Soil is a vital component in landscape architecture, from providing the material to create artificial hills to the planting medium that serves as the fundamental nutrition for our plants. “Soils support buildings and infrastructure. So it needs to be viewed in a kind of holistic way," says Susan V Fisk.