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DOWNLOAD: Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia

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“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. Read More

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

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“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. Read More

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

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“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. Read More

To test drive the “Water Balance Model Express for Landowners”…….


“The first two demonstration applications of the web-based and interactive WBM Express are now LIVE. Because the Express is hosted on the partner local government website, homeowners can quickly size and test landscape-based solutions – such as rain gardens and absorbent soil – that slow, sink and spread rainwater. The interface is no more complex than the dash board of a car,” stated Ted van der Gulik. Read More

Partnership unveiled web-based “Water Balance Model Express for Landowners” at Cowichan Valley Forum in February 2014


“The CVRD wants to ensure that our region’s watersheds continue to function effectively so that both our communities, the environment and fisheries get the right amount of water at the right time,” states Kate Miller. “The WBM Express allows us to implement specific targets for each of our communities’ watersheds so that the homeowner simply has to select their appropriate watershed and concentrate on their property’s function.” Read More

WBM Express introduced to Cowichan Valley Regional Board in June 2013


“The Regional Board is committed to achieving the vision that we share for watershed sustainability in our region. We also appreciate the leadership shown by Kate Miller in guiding the CVRD to the destination. Kate truly is a champion. She is demonstrating how benefits are flowing to this region because we collaborate with other regions,” stated Mayor Rob Hutchins, Chair of the Regional Board. Read More

Water Balance Model for Express: Metro Vancouver grant triggered federal Climate Change Adaptation funding in 2012


“Elected representatives on the Utilities Committee learned that the Water Balance Model is a tool available to Metro Vancouver’s (municipal) members so that they will be able to more effectively and efficiently fulfil their rainwater and stormwater management actions under our region’s Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan,” stated Mayor Darrell Mussatto. Read More