BACKGROUNDER SERIES ON SUSTAINABLE WATERSHED SYSTEMS: Comox Valley Eco-Asset Management Symposium – Discovering Nature’s Infrastructure Potential (released in February 2017)

The Symposium introduced participants to Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management. “The purpose of the Symposium is to build local knowledge and interest in how to apply eco-asset management principles at the local level,” states Tim Ennis, Executive Director, Comox Valley Land Trust. “The Symposium is very much about setting in motion a mind-set change. It is therefore essential that everyone steps back and sees the big picture.”

BACKGROUNDER SERIES ON SUSTAINABLE WATERSHED SYSTEMS: “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management” – Local stream stewardship volunteers may yet be the difference-maker (released in February 2017)

“The stewardship community can work with local governments to inform the broader community,” stated ZoAnn Morten. “We can open eyes and minds. We can open doors so that together we can make the changes necessary to achieve a vision for a watershed. It is the streamkeepers who have the on-the-ground knowledge needed to establish restoration priorities within a watershed. That is the key to benefitting from local input.”

ASSET MANAGEMENT BC NEWSLETTER (January 2017) – Opinion: Vision for “Sustainable Watershed Systems” resonates with audiences in BC and beyond

"At the dawn of 2017, the purpose of this article was two-fold: take stock of our progress in 2016 to inform and educate; and foreshadow where we may be at year-end," stated Kim Stephens. "Early uptake of the vision for Sustainable Watershed Systems has exceeded our expectations. There is clearly interest and an appetite to learn more. It is an idea whose time has come. The desired outcome that would flow from Sustainable Watershed Systems is a water-resilient future."

SITELINES MAGAZINE (October 2016): “Green + Blue Parallels from Down Under” – reflections by Kim Stephens on his keynote address at a national conference in Australia

"In his article, Kim Stephens draws parallels between made-in-BC solutions and those 'Down Under', noting cultural differences but the common need to adapt," explained Julie Schooling, issue editor. He introduced Australians to three ‘big ideas’ that underpin where we are heading in BC, namely: Primacy of Hydrology, Shifting Baseline Syndrome, and Cathedral Thinking. The three are interconnected. The outcome would be Sustainable Watershed Systems.

VANCOUVER SUN 0P-ED ARTICLE: We must protect watershed systems (published on October 13, 2016)

"Work needs to be done today to ensure we see a secure water future. Benefits are long-term," wrote Kim Stephens. "Successful programs that are politically supported would ensure we restore the water balance and have sustainable watershed systems. This approach has the potential to re-set the ecological baseline along the east coast of Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland. Success would be abundant salmon in urban streams."

INNOVATION MAGAZINE (cover story): Sustainable Watershed Systems – Nature’s Assets Provide Vital Community Infrastructure Services (published in the September/October 2016 issue)

“Communities would benefit from shifting their definitions of community infrastructure to include entire watersheds. Including the components and pathways of a watershed system among infrastructure assets, and both managing them as integrated systems to maintain the natural water balance within communities and protecting them, would help communities avoid incurring expensive fixes and unfunded liability," wrote Brian Bedford.

ASSET MANAGEMENT BC NEWSLETTER (September 2016) – Announcement: Partnership for Water Sustainability publishes Primer to support vision for “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management”

"A key message in the Primer is the necessity of 'staying true to the science' IF communities are to achieve a vision for sustainable watershed systems," wrote Kim Stephens. "Achieving sustainable watershed systems through asset management will require long-term commitment by communities, successive municipal councils and regional boards, and generations of land and water professionals."

ASSET MANAGEMENT BC NEWSLETTER (June 2016) – Opinion/ Editorial: On Sharing a Vision for “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management”

Restoring watershed function will require a long-term commitment by the community at large, successive Municipal Councils and Regional Boards, and generations of land AND water professionals. "The challenge is ‘integration’ and getting every discipline to recognize each others’ contribution plus get the organization working together on a common path. The other challenge is communicating and understanding the message," wrote Wally Wells.

SITELINES MAGAZINE (June 2016): “Water Balance Pathway to a Water-Resilient Future” feature issue introduced the three steps on the Asset Management Continuum for Sustainable Service Delivery

"The ultimate vision for fully integrated Sustainable Service Delivery is that communities would protect, preserve, restore and manage natural assets in the same way that they manage their engineered assets," stated Glen Brown. "A watershed, and the ecosystem services that it provides, is a fundamental and integral part of a community’s infrastructure. Trees, soil, green spaces and water do contribute a valuable municipal function in maintaining the hydrologic integrity of a healthy watershed system."

CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS MAGAZINE: Sustainable Watershed Systems (published in the September / October 2015 issue)

"BC local governments are faced with three interconnected issues. The first is to manage more effectively infrastructure and assets that underpin quality of life and economic productivity in an era of scarce resources. The second is to contain costs, taxes and risks. The third is to maintain community resilience in the face of challenges, including climatic variability and extremes," stated Emanuel Machado.