“Experience has taught engineers that we must always be learning, stretching the bounds of expertise, and anticipating new requirements," wrote Jim Dumont. "We will be able to advance the science and engineering practice in a manner intended by the author and proponents of the Guidebook. Is it time to now go ‘Beyond the Guidebook’? Do we have the knowledge to allow us to do this? The answer to both questions should be yes.”
“An interface is needed to translate the complex products of science into achievable goals and implementable solution for practical resource management. This interface is what we now call a science-based understanding," stated Peter Law. "Understanding how land development impacts watershed hydrology and the functions of aquatic ecosystems provides a solid basis for making decisions to guide action where and when it is most needed.”
"We have moved from an age of natural abundance to the age of natural scarcity and the challenge moving forward will be to find new ways for developing, protecting, and managing healthy ecosystems. Water is critical to the survival and proliferation these ecosystems and our success depends on collective change regarding the management of this precious resource," stated Michael Florendo, Program Director.
“Implementation of asset management along with the associated evolution of local government thinking is a continuous quality improvement process, not a discrete task. This led us to the concept of a continuum. The relevance of this way of thinking is that different local governments will always be at different points and different levels of maturity along the asset management continuum. This is why we focus on outcomes and do not prescribe what to do in BC," wrote Ray Fung.
The update presentation highlighted the move towards sustainable watershed systems through asset management. During the question period, the members of the committee chaired by Mayor Darrell Mussatto (photo) asked Kim Stephens to elaborate on a number of topic areas, in particular the connection between watershed health goals and municipal land development practices, and the value to local government from taking an asset management approach.
The Capital Regional District has undergone a transition, from ‘stormwater-based thinking’ that is narrowly focussed, to ‘watershed-based thinking’ that is holistic in approach. Judy Brownoff, Chair of the Environmental Committee, welcomed Kim Stephens and invited him to update the members about the CRD chapter in Beyond the Guidebook 2015. CRD experience shows that local governments can foster a new ‘Land Ethic’ through Integrated Watershed Management Strategies.
In June 2008, Comox Valley local governments volunteered to be a ‘demonstration application’ for exploration of a regional team approach that would be guided by the Living Water Smart target for watershed health. "The Board appreciates that the story of this journey is told in Beyond the Guidebook 2015," stated Bruce Joliffe, Chair. "As a result of the presentation by Kim Stephens, we have a much better understanding of why it is necessary to integrate watershed systems into asset management over the long-term."
"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.”
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.
"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.”
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