Think and Act like a Watershed (Part 1): Harness Nature to Adapt to a Changing Climate

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is a combination of two other significant concepts: EBM (ecosystem-based management) and climate change adaptation. “The research by Julia Berry provides rainwater and adaptation planners with an overview of EbA from principles to practice in British Columbia. The evaluation framework can be used to assess and score the extent to which provincial, regional or municipal documents incorporate EbA principles,” concludes Kim Stephens.

Moving Towards Sustainable Watershed Systems: “We need to re-learn basically ‘how we think’, using both the right and left hemispheres of our brain,” says Eva Kras, author of THE BLOCKAGE

"Short-term thinking governs much of what we do. In many organizations, the long-term view has somehow become excluded. Both ways of thinking are important, but the sad part is that we have convinced ourselves that the Left Hemisphere can do EVERYTHING. The new research by Ian McGilchrist now ‘turns the table’ because it demonstrates the true and indispensable role of the Right Hemisphere for ALL sustainable development work," states Eva Kras.

Flashback to 2003: “Re-Inventing Urban Hydrology for Watershed Protection” – British Columbia process showcased by EPA to an American audience at national conference

“The timing of this national conference, and the exposure to the British Columbia experience, coincided well with the implementation of U.S. EPA’s Phase II NPDES Storm Water Program during 2003," recalls Eric Strecker. “We invited Kim Stephens to present a paper about the British Columbia Guidebook because we thought it would make a good fit with the theme of thinking beyond regulations to solving the problem."

MILESTONE RECOGNITION IN 2012 – ‘Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia’ has proven to be a catalyst for decade-long action

“In 2002, the Guidebook applied a science-based understanding, developed the water balance methodology to establish performance targets, and demonstrated that urban watershed restoration could be accomplished over a 50-year time-frame as and when communities redevelop,” states Peter Law. "The premise underpinning the Guidebook was that land development and watershed protection can be compatible."

Resilient Rainwater Management: An Introduction to the 2014 Across Canada Workshop Series

“Sustainable and resilient are complementary terms that draw attention to the future, and help focus thought and action. However, use of resilient more clearly shines the spotlight on Context, Intent and Results. Sustainable refers to attaining certain conditions in the context of social, economic and environmental considerations. Resilient in a biological sense is primarily the ability for an ecosystem to recover from an intervention," states Erik Karlsen.

Watershed Case Profile Series: Rain Gardens Help Restore Nature to Urban Areas in Delta

“Delta is making ‘green infrastructure’ a standard practice in our community. These are no longer just ‘pilot projects’. Creating a watershed health legacy will ultimately depend on how well we are able to achieve rain water management improvements on both public and private sides of a watershed. There is a huge up-side if the private sector embraces their contribution to shared responsibility," states Hugh Fraser.

Across Canada Workshop Series on Resilient Rainwater Management included a session for the Toronto region: “The workshop provided an opportunity to bring together those who are ‘influencers’ in stormwater management,” said Glenn MacMillan of the host TRCA

“We anticipated that the workshop program would be good. In fact, it exceeded expectations. One technical area in which the BC team had an impact was the way in which they drew audience attention to the fundamental importance of soil-water interaction; and how an understanding of this relationship holds the key to implementing water balance solutions," stated Glenn MacMillan.

Across Canada Workshop Series on Resilient Rainwater Management included a session in Quebec: “We had the chance to welcome the three ‘tenors’ of water sustainability,” said Frédéric Moreau, co-moderator

“This single day workshop gave us the chance to listen and discover practices from BC in regards to watershed-based approach to rainwater management. The audience had not only the opportunity to learn about best-practices but also to discover tools that can be customized to the local context. We are grateful that the group stopped in Montreal to share this priceless information," said Frédéric Moreau.