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British Columbia Guidance Documents

"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.”

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"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.

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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.”

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Flashback to 2012: Ministry of Environment reaffirmed importance and value of the “Beyond the Guidebook Initiative"


“The Ministry celebrates the Partnership’s latest success in bringing together four regional districts through an Inter-Regional Education Initiative,” stated Cairine MacDonald. “The Ministry looks forward to aligning efforts with the Partnership to further advance implementation of the ‘Beyond the Guidebook’ initiative. Collaboration across regional districts is the pathway to a consistent approach to water sustainability and green infrastructure policies and practices.”

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Flashback to 2012: Historical perspective on the first 5 years of the "Beyond the Guidebook Initiative", released by the Partnership for Water Sustainability in conjunction with provincial government announcement


“There are a lot of times when we in local government like to blame or put on senior governments the responsibility to provide the framework for doing something…but there are things that we in local government can do. We need to choose to be enabled,” stated Ray Fung. “So, what we mean by shared responsibility is that everyone has a role, and everyone can act…. all levels of government, developers, regulators, bureaucrats, consultants, planners, engineers.”

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Flashback to 2009: Ministry of Community Development announced that "Beyond the Guidebook" is an ongoing provincial initiative that supports and/or complements Living Water Smart and Green Communities


“Beyond the Guidebook reflects a ‘design with nature’ approach to climate change adaptation. The initiative builds on the guidance provided in the original Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia. It supports and/or complements other provincial initiatives that will influence the form and function of the built environment and green infrastructure. Collectively, these initiatives establish expectations,” wrote Glen Brown.

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BEYOND THE GUIDEBOOK 2007 – first in a series of provincial guidance documents connected dots, initiated paradigm-shift and provided local governments with "Context for Rainwater Management and Green Infrastructure in British Columbia"


“The Stormwater Planning Guidebook recognized that water volume is something over which local government has control through its infrastructure policies, practices and standards. ‘Beyond the Guidebook’ builds on this foundation by advancing a runoff-based approach and tool – the ‘Water Balance Model powered by QUALHYMO’– to help local governments achieve desired urban stream health and environmental protection outcomes at a watershed scale,” stated Ted van der Gulik.

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AT 2007 BEYOND THE GUIDEBOOK SEMINAR – British Columbia Ministry of Community Services announced that "Today's Expectations are the Standards of Tomorrow"


”The approach that we are taking is to set the goal. As a result, we are seeing people in local governments leapfrogging each other to see how close they can get to the goal,” stated Chris Jensen.In his closing remarks, he made it clear to the audience that: “In terms of providing you with a road map, today’s expectations are the standards of tomorrow. At the Ministry, we believe that change for the better will be created through the combination of education and financial incentives.”

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AT 2007 BEYOND THE GUIDEBOOK SEMINAR – "Rainwater management is about protecting stream health, not how much volume you can infiltrate," stated DFO's Corino Salomi


Corino Salomi described the Beyond the Guidebook as a ‘must read’ because of the way it provides a synopsis of what is most relevant and useful. “While we need to have volume reduction targets, at the end of the day it is how effectively we apply the suite of available rainwater management tools that will ultimately determine whether we will succeed in protecting stream health at a watershed scale,” stated Corino.

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