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DOWNLOAD: Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia


"Released in 2002, the Guidebook provides a framework for effective rainwater management throughout the province. This tool for local governments presents a methodology for moving from planning to action that focuses on implementing early action where it is most needed," states Laura Maclean.

FLASHBACK TO 2009: Stormwater Management, Low Impact Development, Sustainable Drainage, Green Infrastructure, RAINwater Management…. what is an appropriate term to use?


“It is important to use descriptions which are linked more closely with the objectives and ideas. Ideally, the right choice of wording will frame the concepts clearly, and provide the terminology with some longevity. Clarity will help with uptake – jargon and anachronism needs to be avoided as they can obscure the objectives and ideas," states Robert Hicks.

“Understand How Water Reaches the Stream and Design for Interflow”, urges Department of Fisheries and Oceans


“Interflow is often the dominant drainage path in glaciated landscapes of British Columbia. Even undeveloped sites founded on till and bedrock rarely show overland flow because of interflow pathways. The lesson is that the interflow system is an incredibly important and yet fragile component of a watershed. It is critical for maintaining stream health and our fishery resource,” states Al Jonsson of DFO.

Green City, Clean Waters: City of Philadelphia names first “Stormwater Pioneer”

The Stormwater Pioneers program showcases innovation and a true dedication by property owners and others to decrease pollution. "We're hoping to keep trash, debris and other pollution out of the water supply so that everyone can enjoy a clean Schuylkill River. If we can play a small part in making the environment better for the next generation, that's a major plus for us," stated Joe Jaconski.

Across Canada Workshop Series on Resilient Rainwater Management launched in Calgary: “It was an overwhelming success,” said Bert van Duin, City of Calgary host

"The big takeaway for me is confirmation that in Calgary we are actually on the right track; and it fits with a number of items that I heard. There is a lot of discussion pertaining to degraded areas, wetlands and streams. People say 'well, it is degraded and so it has no value'. In contrast to that mind-set, the notion of the Shifting Baseline continuum tells us that we can go back to a higher state," stated Bert van Duin.

“In the City of Surrey, an absorbent landscape that slows, sinks and spreads rainwater is becoming a requirement for new development,” states David Hislop, Upland Drainage Engineer

“Soil depth is a primary water management tool for use by local government to adapt to a changing climate. A well-designed landscape with healthy topsoil helps communities through both wet and dry times. Soil is a sponge. It holds and slowly releases rainwater. This can limit runoff during rainy weather; and reduce irrigation water need during dry weather. In the City of Surrey, we specify a minimum soil depth of 300 mm," states David Hislop.

Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia posts PowerPoint presentations for “Across Canada Workshop Series on Resilient Rainwater Management”

"In the morning sessions, it was essentially a case of 'presenting at' our audiences. Each time, we needed to bring a mixed audience up to a common level of understanding of basic concepts. The process was intense. Our audiences had to absorb a large body of knowledge in a very period of time. And they did. As a result, the afternoon sessions were highly interactive and highly effective," reports Kim Stephens.

Metro Vancouver Close Up (Video Series): Mimicking Nature is Key to Rainwater Collection in the City of Coquitlam

“One of the key elements of making a watershed work is addressing rainwater,” says Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart. “Allowing it to filter through the soils, allowing the proper biological processes rather than simply large catch basins and taking the water out by storm sewer. By really focusing on the health of the watershed, I think we can end up with a much healthier environment and a better community.”

Affordable & Effective Asset Management: Drainage Infrastructure Screening Tool supports implementation of “Sustainable Service Delivery” by local governments in British Columbia

“The Screening Tool is an intermediary step in the assessment process that also happens to include the opportunity to provide a look at how climate change will affect the drainage systems. The tool also makes it is easy to assess the relative significance of changes in land use, in particular densification. Local governments can now consider both climate change and land use change at the same time, and with the same tool," says Jim Dumont.

“We celebrate rain. We are ready to engage the community in a broader conversation about rainwater management,” says Mayor Darrell Mussatto, City of North Vancouver

“Rain gardens have ecological importance, and are a standard requirement for all developments in the City of North Vancouver. In addition, all of our major transportation projects incorporate rain gardens. A single rain garden will not make a material difference to conditions in our creeks. But 1000 rain gardens would be a different story. These will take time to implement. The process will be incremental," states Mayor Darrell Mussatto.

City of North Vancouver leads by example in Metro Vancouver region – implements rain garden program

“Once you get started with any new process, you get feedback that generates ‘collisions of ideas’. The processes get better and the products become stronger. And that is what we are seeing in the City. Push-back from developers declined once they saw what a rain garden looked like for the first time. From all perspectives, it gets easier and easier with each successive installation,” concludes Peter Navratil.