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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.

“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.

Water Balance Model – On Tour!

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"Have a look at some of the Water Balance Model slideshow presentations that have been made to industry and government groups starting in 2001. This includes some of the early presentations on the Water Balance Methodology that helped pave the way for the paradigm-shift from 'peak flow thinking' to 'volume-based thinking'. The many presentations created awareness and influenced expectations," stated Kim Stephens.

Regulatory Context for Integrated Watershed-Based Planning in the Metro Vancouver Region


“Member municipalities will develop a coordinated program to monitor stormwater and assess and report the implementation and effectiveness of Integrated Storm Water Management Plans (ISMP). Metro Vancouver and member municipalities are encouraged to have land use planning consider the direction provided by the ISMPs. Coordination with municipal planners will be important to successful integration," wrote Environment Minister Terry Lake.

Delta’s Corporate Vision for Watershed-Based Planning: Rain Garden Program Contributes to Restoration of Watershed Health

“Delta has completed three watershed-based plans, known as Integrated Stormwater Management Plans or ISMPs. Our urban areas are built out. This reality means there are limited opportunities for slowing, spreading and sinking rainwater. We are effectively limited to retrofitting of rain gardens within road corridors in order to provide rainwater infiltration that protects stream health," states Hugh Fraser.

Watershed Case Profile Series: Rain Gardens Help Restore Nature to Urban Areas in Delta

“Delta is making ‘green infrastructure’ a standard practice in our community. These are no longer just ‘pilot projects’. Creating a watershed health legacy will ultimately depend on how well we are able to achieve rain water management improvements on both public and private sides of a watershed. There is a huge up-side if the private sector embraces their contribution to shared responsibility," states Hugh Fraser.

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 host 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.