“The genesis for ISMPs (Integrated Stormwater Management Plans) was a desire to integrate the community, engineering, planning and environmental perspectives. In 2001, Metro Vancouver’s member municipalities recognized the benefits of this approach and made a legal commitment to the Province to have ISMPs in place by 2014 for their watersheds,” reported Robert Hicks.
“Rethinking the way we deal with rain and snowmelt in our cities means replacing conventional pipe-and-convey systems with an approach that recognizes rainwater as a valuable resource while, at the same time, reducing runoff volume and improving runoff quality,” states Oliver Brandes.
“The approach we have taken in British Columbia differs from that of the United States EPA due to the nature of the root problems being solved. The critical issue in British Columbia is the damage and loss of habitat caused by development and erosion of the headwater streams," states Jim Dumont.
"By 2014, municipalities will be required to develop and implement integrated stormwater management plans (ISMPs) at the watershed scale that integrate with land use to manage rainwater runoff," states Kim Stephens.
"The overall buzz of the conference was that the stormwater industry is changing. And as one of the panelists stated, this change needs to move towards MBP, that is, 'more benign planning' ....instead of more BMPs or 'best management practices'," reports Thomas Low.
”People eagerly embrace the opportunities for engagement and education. They really want to share their thoughts and experiences. Residents have a stake in restoring watershed health. There is so much experience that we can mine. We who live in the watershed are the experts," stated Soren Henrich.
According to Kim Stephens, the majority of workshop presentations were delivered by members of the "convening for action" partnership network, and were about case studies that are featured in Beyond the Guidebook 2010.
"It is an infill and redevelopment challenge. Developers keep hitting the wall with the requirement that they detain 'their' rainwater on their parcels. Larger, cooperative areas could be created, but with existing development it is difficult to reach an agreement of shared improvements," states John Hooker.
"Local governments bear the entire financial burden to stabilize watercourses impacted by increased runoff volume after land is developed. The challenge is to think about what infrastructure asset management entails BEFORE an asset is proposed and incorporated in a municipality’s capital plan," states Ray Fung.
"We are working to better match rainwater and stormwater management to the development context through the integration of rainwater into all planning scales, from the region to the building," states Paul Crabtree.
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