"Living Water Smart provides a framework and sets a direction. The purpose in convening for action is to establish consistent expectations on-the-ground: This is what we want to achieve, and this is how we will get there. Our immediate objective in convening for action is to encourage ‘green choices’ that will ripple through time," stated Kim Stephens.
Jim Dumont (120p - at University of the Fraser Vallley - Nov 2009 You can start with the forested condition even though some or all of the trees have been removed. This will provide you with an opportunity to compare what was lost to what might have been, and in so doing allow you to create a vision of the future watershed.
Water Balance Model - 2009 To facilitate better land use decisions, the GIP is collaborating with the Water Balance Model Partnership to enhance the web-based scenario modeling and decision support tool. The Water Balance Model is a core element of a comprehensive Outreach & Continuing Education Program (OCEP).
"A decade ago, we thought that if we could hold the line for 20 years, we believed that we might be able to improve conditions over 50 years. Early success has given us confidence that this is attainable much sooner," stated Kim Stephens. "A decade ago, the breakthrough in thinking came when we developed the concept of a Rainfall Spectrum to categorize the rainfall-days that occur each year."
Creating A Legacy - Convening for Action in Metro Vancouver - Feb 2010 Hosted by the City of Surrey, the Forum was a first step in advancing a regional team approach to align municipal actions in Metro Vancouver with provincial green infrastructure goals.
"The provincial and regional water regulations are changing, and by 2012 provincial water laws will substantially change how development occurs. The purpose of the workshop is to review progressive rainwater/stormwater management techniques and how they can be incorporated into the planning and development process," wrote Jack Peake, Chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional Board.
The Gaining Ground Leadership Summit in Victoria was the venue for an announcement that the change-over to the Water Balance Model powered by QUALHYMO was completed in May 2008. “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," stated Dale Wall, Deputy Minister.
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