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British Columbia Guidance Documents

Sustainable Service Delivery: Watersheds are infrastructure assets


“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.

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“Beyond the Guidebook 2015″ introduced to Metro Vancouver’s Utilities Committee (Nov 2015)


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.

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"Beyond the Guidebook 2015" introduced to Capital Regional District's Environment Committee (Nov 2015)


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.

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"Beyond the Guidebook 2015" introduced to Comox Valley Regional Board (Nov 2015)


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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Rollout commenced at the ‘Dialogue in Nanaimo’ hosted by Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (June)


The ‘Dialogue in Nanaimo’ provided a high profile opportunity to formally launch Beyond the Guidebook 2010. “There is now clear guidance for aligning local actions with provincial and regional goals to ‘design with nature’ so that British Columbians can create greener communities, live water smart and prepare for climate change,” stated John Finnie.

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