“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.
Water Balance Model for BC
Liliana Bozic (120p) – ALIDP Vice-Chair
The vision is that British Columbia and Alberta communities will embrace a design with nature guiding philosophy to achieve settlement in balance with ecology.
Water Balance Model now resides within the ‘Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia’, a non-profit society
Ted van der Gulik (120p) – 2005 photo
The WBM is one of the 'twin engines' driving an outreach and continuing education program that is building leadership capacity in the local government setting.
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.”
2009 Metro Vancouver Water Balance Model Forum: Living Water Smart and Making Green Choices to Create Liveable Communities and Protect Stream Health
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.
Premier Campbell (360p)
The drought, forest fires and floods that B.C. experienced in 2003 highlighted the need for a tool that integrates ‘green’ development practices with rainwater management.
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.
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.