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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.

Across Canada Workshop Series on Resilient Rainwater Management included a session for the Toronto region: “The workshop provided an opportunity to bring together those who are ‘influencers’ in stormwater management,” said Glenn MacMillan of the TRCA

“We anticipated that the workshop program would be good. In fact, it exceeded expectations. One technical area in which the BC team had an impact was the way in which they drew audience attention to the fundamental importance of soil-water interaction; and how an understanding of this relationship holds the key to implementing water balance solutions," stated Glenn MacMillan.

Across Canada Workshop Series on Resilient Rainwater Management included a session in Quebec: “We had the chance to welcome the three ‘tenors’ of water sustainability,” said Frédéric Moreau, co-moderator

“This single day workshop gave us the chance to listen and discover practices from BC in regards to watershed-based approach to rainwater management. The audience had not only the opportunity to learn about best-practices but also to discover tools that can be customized to the local context. We are grateful that the group stopped in Montreal to share this priceless information," said Frédéric Moreau.

Across Canada Workshop Series on Resilient Rainwater Management included a session for Eastern Ontario: “The insight provided by the speakers on moving change forward was invaluable,” stated Darlene Conway, City of Ottawa

“The workshop was very enlightening – BC’s issues are very different in many ways from ours but the insight provided by the speakers on moving change forward was invaluable. The workshop was a great blend of the technical combined with the compelling back story of how and why BC and local municipalities are addressing their many stormwater management challenges,” stated Darlene Conway.

Across Canada Workshop Series on Resilient Rainwater Management concluded in Halifax: “What impressed me the most was hearing engineers linking stormwater management to watershed health and fish habitat!”, said Jocelyne Rankin, Ecology Action Centre host

“The workshop was the ideal stepping stone to advance our collective thinking on rainwater management and climate change adaptation in the Atlantic region. It provided the theory and delivered an overview of user-friendly tools to help practitioners implement rainwater management techniques to meet watershed health goals and adapt to a changing climate," stated Jocelyne Rankin.

URBAN WATERSHED MANAGEMENT: Online video tutorials introduce GEOweb & Water Balance Model Express for Landowners

“When our long term collaborator at the District of North Vancouver, Richard Boase, informed us of some of the new tools available to support rainwater management and planning in the District, I immediately knew I wanted to incorporate them into an assignment for the Urban Watershed Management course,” states Julie Wilson. “The students appreciated the power and utility of these kinds of tools to engage with the public on issues of development and rainwater management."

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.