Water Balance Model Attracts World-Wide Audience!

The missing link in watershed planning has been a tool that quantifies the benefits - in terms of reducing rainwater runoff volume - of installing source controls under different land use, soil and climate conditions. The Water Balance Model for Canada provides the foundation for a natural systems approach to rainwater anagement. Furthermore, it promotes integration of perspectives that leads to better decision making, and can be applied at three scales: site, subdivision and watershed.

Understanding the British Columbia Experience – City of Calgary Convenes Workshop on Rainwater Management

When the City of Calgary's Watershed Management Team developed a Best Management Practices and Source Control Manual, it researched the experience of other jurisdictions. In March 2005, the City convened an internal workshop for its Water and Wastewater Divisions so that City staff could gain a firsthand understanding of the path that British Columbia has followed in managing rainwater runoff, and how it is making a difference in providing higher levels of environmental protection.

Improving the Urban Landscape through Inter-Provincial Partnerships

When the International Water Association held its 10th International Specialist Conference on Watershed and River Basin Management in Calgary, this created an opportunity for a public unveiling of an inter-provincial partnership between British Columbia and Alberta that is founded on the Water Balance Model.

Department of Fisheries & Oceans Embraces Water Balance Model

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is one of three federal agencies that is a Water Balance Model partner. Use of this web-based decision support and scenario modeling tool will enable development project proponents to show how they can achieve stream protection objectives.

Water Balance Model Now a National Initiative

The early success of the Water Balance Model in British Columbia, particularly in promoting an understanding of how to improve the built environment and protect the natural environment, generated interest in expanding the focus of the tool to reach a national audience.

Water Balance Model for British Columbia: Land development and watershed protection can be compatible

"Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia" formalized a science-based understanding to set performance targets for reducing rainwater runoff volumes and rates. These targets represent the synthesis of biological and hydrological understanding. At the heart of the Guidebook is the Water Balance Methodology. Recognizing that practitioners and others needed a tool so that they could readily apply the Methodology, the Inter-Governmental Partnership then developed the Water Balance Model for British Columbia.