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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.

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A Water Conservation Strategy for British Columbia

Released in 1998, this foundation document marks the shift from a WHY change to HOW to change mind-set. Recognized local government leadership. Provided a framework to guide and encourage efficient and cost-effective water use throughout the province

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Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia

Released in 2002, 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 compatible

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Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia: Framework for Building Partnerships

Released in 2004, encouraged province-wide implementation of fully integrated water sustainability policies, plans and programs through a ‘top-down & bottom-up’ approach to collaboration

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Living Water Smart, British Columbia’s Water Plan

Released in 2008, constituted a call to action on the part of local governments; established expectations and targets that influence the form and function of the built environment, so that stream and watershed health are protected and/or restored

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Develop with Care 2014: Environmental Guidelines for Urban and Rural Development in British Columbia

A focus on the Built Environment provides an opportunity to look at environmental protection from perspective of land use, and get out in front of issues. Promotes ways to retain and create environmental function and resilience as communities grow

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Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery: A BC Framework

Released in 2014, 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. The term Sustainable Service Delivery integrates financial accountability, infrastructure sustainability and service delivery

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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 audiences. Supports the curriculum for peer-based education

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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

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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’

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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 integrity

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Integrated Rainwater Management Planning: Summary Report for ISMP Course Correction Series

Released in 2011. Builds on experience to synthesize guiding principles for an integrated and watershed-based approach to rainwater management

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Primer on Rainwater Management in an Urban Watershed Context

Released in 2011. Provides an understanding of how a science-based approach has evolved since mid-1990s to achieve stream and watershed health protection through adaptive management

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Primer on Urban Watershed Modelling to Inform Local Government Decision Processes

Released in 2011. Provides guidance in three areas: setting performance targets, defining levels-of-service, and application of screening / scenario tools to make effective decisions

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Primer on Integrated Rainwater and Groundwater Management for Lands on Vancouver Island and Beyond

Released in 2012. Supports implementation of Living Water Smart principles in the local government setting to protect the Water Balance

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Primer on Land Development Process in BC: Industry Standards of Practice in Implementing Rainwater Management

Released in 2013. This ‘bridging document’ illustrates how to seamlessly integrate legal and administrative parts of the Land Development Process through the designing with nature and rainwater management lenses

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Primer on Water Balance Methodology for Protecting Watershed Health

Released in 2014. Provides guidance on how to apply a logical and straightforward way to assess impacts and establish performance targets that link site, watershed, stream and aquifer, namely: storage volume, infiltration area and flow release rate

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Primer on Application of Ecosystem-based Understanding in the Georgia Basin

Released in 2016.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.

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A Guide to Green Choices: Ideas and Practical Ideas for Land Use Decisions in British Columbia Communities

Released in 2008. Provides practical advice and ideas for green communities in making land use decisions. Designed to help maximize both creativity and adaptability

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The Green Infrastructure Guide: Issues, Implementation Strategies and Success Stories

Released in 2008. Shares tools and collective wisdom gained as a result of implementation experiences

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Resources from Waste: A Guide to Integrated Resource Recovery

Released in 2009. Offers suggestions for making municipal infrastructure more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable

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Bill 27: Opportunities and Strategies for Green Action by BC Local Governments

Released in 2009. Analysis and practical guidance regarding how local governments may use available legal tools to build more sustainable communities

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Development Permit Areas for Climate Action: A Guide for Energy Conservation, Water Conservation and GHG Emissions Reduction

Released in 2011. Helps local governments make strategic choices about using DPA authority effectively. Intended primarily for planning staff

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Preparing for Climate Change: An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in British Columbia

Released in 2012. Identifies the tools that local governments can use to implement climate change adaptation strategies. Provides concrete examples. Draws on growing local experience

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A Recommended Policy Framework for Liquid Resource Management for Metro Vancouver

Released in 2009. 19 recommendations of the advisory Reference Panel are reflected in the strategies and actions that constitute the regulatory document. It is reader-friendly, and is complete with on-the-ground examples

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Integrated Liquid Waste & Resource Management Plan for Metro Vancouver

Released in 2010.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 recommendations

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Re-Inventing Rainwater Management: A Strategy to Protect Health and Restore Nature in the Capital Region

Released in 2010. Documents how ‘green’ rainwater management has been adopted across North America

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From Rain to Resource 2010: Managing Stormwater in a Changing Climate

16 recommendations from 2010 Kelowna Workshop are organized under five categories

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Green Bylaws Toolkit for Conserving Sensitive Ecosystems and Green Infrastructure

Released in 2007. Guidance on how local governments and developers can safeguard the environment

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Groundwater Bylaws Toolkit: An Appendix to the Green Bylaws Toolkit

Released in 2009. Helps local governments protect quality and quantity of groundwater within their geographic and legislative jurisdictions

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Topsoil Bylaws Toolkit 2012

Presents basic principles of topsoil science and management, and provides sample policy and bylaw language. Evolved from two primers developed by Green Infrastructure Partnership

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Slow it. Spread it. Sink it! An Okanagan Homeowner’s Guide to Using Rain as a Resource

Released by the Okanagan Basin Water Board in 2011. This shows homeowners how they can easily capture and re-use the water that falls on their property

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Rainwater Harvesting Best Practices Guidebook

Released by Regional District of Nanaimo in 2012. Provides pragmatic how-to guidance for design, installation and maintenance of residential rainwater harvesting systems to suit West Coast conditions

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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 2015

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Center for Watershed Protection

A searchable, online database of research articles, stormwater and watershed manuals and plans, assessment tools, regulatory information, and other watershed-related resources

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