Guidance Documents & Resources

Guidance Documents & Resources

 

Access a selection of British Columbia documents that provide communities and land use professionals with guidance for implementing watershed-based planning, rainwater management, green infrastructure, and water sustainability.

  • Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia
    Formalized the Water Balance Methodology; catalyst for action to establish performance targets for watershed protection and restoration; Guidebook premise is that land development and watershed protection can be compatibleView
  • Rainwater Management: An Introduction to the Guidebook for British Columbia
    Provides a broad-brush picture of what is in the Guidebook, with an emphasis on core concepts; and is written for expert and non-expert audiencesView
  • Beyond the Guidebook 2007: Context for Rainwater Management and Green Infrastructure in British Columbia
    Initiated paradigm-shift for defining water sustainability as an outcome of green infrastructure policies and practices View
  • Living Water Smart, British Columbia’s Water Plan
    Constitutes a call to action on the part of local governments; establishes expectations and targets that influence the form and function of the built environment, so that stream and watershed health are protected and/or restoredView
  • Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia
    Provides guidance for aligning local actions with provincial and regional goals to ‘design with nature’View
  • Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Moving Towards Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management
    Showcases how inter-regional collaboration in the Georgia Basin will create a legacy by restoring water balance integrityView
  • Integrated Rainwater Management Planning: Summary Report for ISMP Course Correction Series
    Builds on experience to synthesize guiding principles for an integrated and watershed-based approach to rainwater managementView
  • Primer on Rainwater Management in an Urban Watershed Context
    Provides an understanding of how a science-based approach has evolved since the mid-1990s to achieve stream and watershed health protection through adaptive managementView
  • Primer on Urban Watershed Modelling to Inform Local Government Decision Processes
    Provides guidance in three areas: setting performance targets, defining levels-of-service, and application of screening / scenario tools to make effective decisionsView
  • Primer on Integrated Rainwater and Groundwater Management for Lands on Vancouver Island and Beyond
    Supports implementation of Living Water Smart principles in the local government setting to protect the Water BalanceView
  • Primer on Land Development Process in BC: Industry Standards of Practice in Implementing Rainwater Management
    Provides context and general guidance for implementing systems at all scalesView
  • Primer on Water Balance Methodology for Protecting Watershed Health
    Provides guidance on how to apply the methodology to establish performance targets that link the site, watershed, stream and aquifer, namely: storage volume, infiltration area and flow release rateView
  • Primer on Application of Ecosystem-based Understanding in the Georgia Basin
    Explains the science that underpins approach to Sustainable Watershed Systems. Helps audience asks right questions to implement practices that restore the hydrologic integrity of watersheds.View
  • Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery: A BC Framework
    Recognizes the diversity of BC communities and local governments. Focuses on desired outcomes rather than prescribing specific methodologies. Allows an approach tailored to needs and capacity.View
  • Develop with Care 2014: Environmental Guidelines for Urban and Rural Development in British Columbia
    Stewardship can benefit the community, the property owner and the developer, as well as the natural environmentView
  • A Guide to Green Choices: Ideas and Practical Ideas for Land Use Decisions in British Columbia Communities
    Many of the ideas in this Guide are eligible for funding through provincial government programsView
  • Resources from Waste: A Guide to Integrated Resource Recovery
    Offers suggestions for making municipal infrastructure more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainableView
  • Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia: Framework for Building Partnerships
    Goal: encourage province-wide implementation of fully integrated water sustainability policies, plans and programsView
  • The Green Infrastructure Guide: Issues, Implementation Strategies and Success Stories
    Shares tools and collective wisdom gained as a result of implementation experiencesView
  • Bill 27: Opportunities and Strategies for Green Action by BC Local Governments
    Analysis and practical guidance regarding how local governments may use available legal tools to build more sustainable communitiesView
  • A Recommended Policy Framework for Liquid Resource Management for Metro Vancouver
    19 recommendations are reflected in the strategies and actions that constitute the regulatory document. It is reader-friendly, and is complete with on-the-ground examplesView
  • Integrated Liquid Waste & Resource Management Plan for Metro Vancouver
    Provides framework for moving beyond regulatory compliance to achieve the Sustainable Region Vision. The strategies and actions in the plan reflect and/or incorporate the Reference Panel recommendationsView
  • Re-Inventing Rainwater Management: A Strategy to Protect Health and Restore Nature in the Capital Region
    Documents how ‘green’ rainwater management has been adopted across North AmericaView
  • From Rain to Resource 2010: Managing Stormwater in a Changing Climate
    16 recommendations from 2010 Kelowna Workshop are organized under five categoriesView
  • Groundwater Bylaws Toolkit: An Appendix to the Green Bylaws Toolkit
    Helps local governments protect quality and quantity of groundwater within their geographic and legislative jurisdictionsView
  • Green Bylaws Toolkit for Conserving Sensitive Ecosystems and Green Infrastructure
    Provides an understanding of how local governments and developers can safeguard the environment
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  • Topsoil Bylaws Toolkit 2012
    Presents basic principles of topsoil science and management, and provides sample policy and bylaw languageView
  • Rainwater Harvesting Best Practices Guidebook
    Provides how-to guidance for design, installation and maintenance of residential rainwater harvesting systemsView
  • Preparing for Climate Change: An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in British Columbia Focuses on ways to implement climate change adaptation strategiesView
  • Slow it. Spread it. Sink it! An Okanagan Homeowner’s Guide to Using Rain as a Resource
    This shows homeowners how they can easily capture and re-use the water that falls on their propertyView
  • Development Permit Areas for Climate Action: A Guide for Energy Conservation, Water Conservation and GHG Emissions Reduction
    Helps local governments make strategic choices View
  • A Watershed Blueprint for Hastings Creek: Creating the Future in the District of North Vancouver
    Demonstrates integration of environmental, planning and engineering perspectives View
  • California State Water Resources Control Board Storm Water Program
    Go-to source on how flow duration requirements (for mimicking Water Balance) are being implemented in California, effective 2015View
  • Center for Watershed Protection
    Watershed and stormwater research studies from grey literature, as well as links to peer-reviewed sources are available. Materials published since 2005 form the basis of the content, along with seminal research papersView