ARTICLE: "Early uptake of the vision for Sustainable Watershed Systems has exceeded our expectations," wrote Kim Stephens, Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia (Asset Management BC Newsletter, Winter 2017)
Sustainable Watershed Systems
“A new way of thinking about municipal infrastructure has the attention of the local government world. Simply put, natural watershed systems are infrastructure assets – we must manage and protect them as such,” wrote Kim Stephens in the opening paragraph of the first of two companion articles published in the Winter 2017 issue of the Asset Management BC Newsletter.
Kim Stephens is the Executive Director, Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC.
“So, what were the defining moments in 2016? In August, my keynote address at a national conference in Australia provided a platform to reflect on ‘parallel journeys’. In October, publication of an op-ed in the Vancouver Sun demonstrated that our whole-system, water balance message is news worthy.”
Journey to a Water-Resilient Future
“Other regions recognize BC as a leader. They perceive BC moving in the right direction with integration of watershed systems thinking and asset management. International exposure allows us to judge how BC stacks up against the rest of the world,” observed Kim Stephens.
“Benefits of the whole-system approach include less flooding, less stream erosion, and more streamflow during dry weather when needed most. These water balance benefits ultimately translate into lower life-cycle costs and a water-resilient future!”
To Learn More
Download Vision for “Sustainable Watershed Systems” resonates with audiences in BC and beyond to read the complete article as published in the Winter 2017 issue of the Asset Management BC Newsletter.
The key message is that Sustainable Watershed Systems would be the outcome in Step Three. Even as local governments are progressing through Steps One and Two for their core infrastructure, however, they need to be laying the groundwork so that they wiould be ready to implement Step Three.