FLASHBACK TO 2009: City of Surrey hosted Metro Vancouver Water Balance Model Forum

"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.

Development and Watershed Protection are Compatible? Since When?

"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."

Living Water Smart in BC: Case study applications of Water Balance Model showcased at capacity-building forum hosted by Cowichan Valley Regional District (Oct 2008)

"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.

Province announces launch of ‘new Water Balance Model’ at the Gaining Ground Leadership Summit

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.