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BEYOND THE GUIDEBOOK 2015: To download a copy of “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management”……


Five Regional Districts representing 75% of BC’s population are partners in the Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Educational Initiative (IREI). A program deliverable is the Beyond the Guidebook 2015. It is a progress report on how local governments are ‘learning by doing’ to implement affordable and effective science-based practices. It is the third in a series that builds on Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia. provides access to British Columbia Guidance Documents on Watershed-Based Rainwater Management


"Recognizing that it is often challenging for practitioners to find what they are looking for, we believe that we have filled a gap. This page links to British Columbia documents that provide communities, engineers and land use professionals with guidance for implementing watershed-based planning, rainwater management, green infrastructure, and water sustainability," reports Mike Tanner.

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. "The Guidebook approach contrasts with conventional 'flows-and-pipes' stormwater management."

“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.

Water Balance Model – On Tour!


"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 Ted van der Gulik.

“Ecosystem-based Adaptation” (EbA) – influence land use & infrastructure practices in urban watersheds

EbA, is a combination of two other significant concepts: EBM (ecosystem-based management) and climate change adaptation. “Adapting to climate change will require a combination of approaches, from man-made infrastructure to holistic approaches. British Columbia’s Stormwater Planning Guidebook promotes a holistic approach to rainwater management, which views rain as a resource and aims to mimic the natural hydrological cycle,” notes Julia Berry.

Beyond the Guidebook 2010: “It is written in a way that provides the whole story for those that want it, or just key tidbits for others,” stated Glen Brown, Ministry of Community & Rural Development

"In 2005, we said that the Guidebook would be the ‘telling of the stories’ of how change is being implemented on-the-ground in BC. Before the chapters could be written, however, the regional case studies had to run their course," stated Glen Brown. “Well, it is five years later, and this s the story of how we got to here and where we are going next.”

Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Formal launch took place in a study session co-led by the Ministry of Environment at Annual UBCM Convention (Sept)

The UBCM convention was held in Whistler, venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Hence, the theme was Forging Gold Medal Standards. "The spirit of collaboration and new found bonds that we have fostered in 2010 are undeniably valuable. But without action, we cannot move our communities forward. This convention offers an opportunity to take our goals, and forge them into tangible outcomes and continue to build gold medal standard communities," stated Harry Nyce, UBCM President.

Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Rollout continued at a session within the BC Hydro PowerSmart Forum on “Building the Green Economy” (Oct)

"The intention is to learn with and from each other about what we can do to advance community-based efforts in creating a conservation culture in BC and achieving an environmentally sustainable future," stated Pia Nagpal. "To achieve an environmentally-sustainable future with adequately functioning natural systems will require the involvement and commitment of all citizens.”

Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Rollout concluded at the “From Rain to Resource Workshop”, hosted by the Okanagan Basin Water Board (Oct)

"We spent the last half a century trying to control runoff with dikes, storm sewers, curbs and gutters. Now, increased development and increased storm intensity from climate change are increasing peak flows and altering the rules of the game," states Anna Warwick Sears. "We can’t engineer away our problems fast enough, and have to look at other, lower impact solutions."

“Beyond the Guidebook 2010 tells an important story of how communities throughout British Columbia are adopting a new approach to urban watersheds,” wrote Deborah Carlson, West Coast Environmental Law

"The overall approach described in this report is based on 'designing with nature'. Municipalities have extensive and specific tools under the Community Charter to manage rainfall events within the part of the watershed that falls within their boundaries; regional districts that have established a drainage service also have jurisdiction," wrote Deborah Carlson. "The next challenge is to ensure that plans are effective in restoring the health of our urban watersheds."

“Beyond the Guidebook 2010 is a splendid resource that we will profile prominently,” stated Dr. Bernard Bauer, Director of the Okanagan Sustainability Institute in Kelowna

“Most people really want to do their part to improve the environment but generally are at a loss for how to proceed. The Guidebook provides a simple and easy-to-grasp road map…….we can accomplish much if we adopt some of the splendid suggestions regarding urban watershed protection in the Guidebook, both in terms of specific projects or improvements that are easy to implement," states Dr. Bernard Bauer.

Beyond the Guidebook 2010: “It is captivating with the stories, quotes and pictures, ” stated Kathy Bishop, Curriculum Chair for Leadership BC – Central Vancouver Island

“It is a great resource, well written … Down to earth, and in line with what the Water Sustainability Action Plan speaks about... The new business as usual, connecting the dots and giving useful tools and roadmaps for success. It is an easy read,” stated Kathy Bishop. "I also see that it is inspiring with all the VI municipalities stories for Vancouver Island to move forward with connecting the dots throughout the Island. What a great foundation/springboard for The Nanaimo Dialogue."