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.

YOU TUBE VIDEO: Message from Glen Brown at ‘2015 Feast & Famine Workshop': “communities will progress along asset management continuum to incorporate natural assets and water balance services into Sustainable Service Delivery”

Where a local government regulates land use, a watershed is an integral part of the drainage infrastructure assets of the local government. “Implementation of asset management along with the associated evolution of local government thinking is a continuous process," stated Glen Brown. "The continuum bridges to integration of natural capital, natural assets and watershed systems thinking.”

GUIDANCE DOCUMENT: “Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery: A BC Framework”

“The BC Framework defines Sustainable Service Delivery as a collection of practices that enables continuous delivery of current community services in a responsible manner that does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable Service Delivery is the singular aim. Asset Management is the means to achieve the aim," states David Allen.

Cascading Objectives for Watershed Health, Resilient Rainwater Management and Sustainable Service Delivery in British Columbia

“The Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative is designed to help local government champions integrate natural systems thinking and adaptation to a changing climate into asset management. A desired outcome is healthy streams and watersheds. So, implement ‘Design With Nature’ standards of practice for development and infrastructure servicing. Protect and restore stream corridors and fish habitat," stated Peter Law.