“It is important to use descriptions which are linked more closely with the objectives and ideas. Ideally, the right choice of wording will frame the concepts clearly, and provide the terminology with some longevity. Clarity will help with uptake – jargon and anachronism needs to be avoided as they can obscure the objectives and ideas," states Robert Hicks.
Tanis Gower - BCI Coordinator (120p) Change is slow in the urban environment. With re-development comes opportunity for creek restoration or creek day-lighting. Having a detailed plan and long-term vision will help all partners be ready.
The implementation of mandatory LID in Washington State will pioneer the concept among NPDES permits. The country will watch with interest as the Department of Ecology, permittees, and stakeholders work through the details.
“We are using the slogan The New Business As Usual to convey the message that, for change to really occur, practices that until now have been viewed as the exception must become the norm moving forward," stated Dale Wall.
A series of three regional conferences on innovative rainwater/stormwater management were held in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto during 2007 to 2008 under the sponsorship of the Canadian Water Network and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation. “An overview of the selected papers indicates that no single innovative measure is adequate under all circumstances, and a multi-barrier approach is deemed to be most effective,” wrote Jiri Marsalek.
In April 2009, the Metro Vancouver Liquid Waste Management Reference Panel toured three projects at the University of British Columbia where innovative green infrastructure approaches and designs have been implemented: Choi Green Building, Sustainability Street, and the South Campus Neighbourhood. "These projects show what can be achieved by implementing water-centric green infrastructure at three scales: site, street and neighbourhood," explained David Grigg.
People For Puget Sound have released a map that dramatically shows for the first time all the public stormd rains carrying pollutants into Puget Sound. The map was produced by a team of University of Washington GIS students for People For Puget Sound
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