"We saw the Water Balance Model as an important tool that would help us to work within our developed community to restore function and value based on the premise that developed land can contribute to watershed restoration," said Richard Boase. "A key message from the District of North Vancouver experience is that Council is making informed decisions based on information derived from use of the Water Balance Model."
The City of Kelowna assisted with the WBM pre-launch in Spring 2003. City case study experience provided on the ground examples that reassured participants about the paradigm-shift,reported Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd.
"The goal of the District of Mission in managing rainwater is to provide sustainable hydrologic systems that mimic natural systems, protect groundwater resources, and minimize downstream flooding and erosion. We look forward to sharing our experience with other WBM Partners in applying the Stream Health Methodology," stated Hirod Gill.
“Because our vision is to advance water-centric green infrastructure, it was essential that we have high-level political endorsement. UBCM provided us with a high-profile platform at its Urban Forum. In 2003, the support of two mayors was key to making this happen," stated Ted van der Gulik.
The Water Bucket Website Partnership reports a 45% increase in user visits after two years of Google Analytics monitoring. The rolling 6-month average exceeds 4000 visits per month. “We attribute this large jump to the cumulative enhancements that the partnership has been systematically implementing," stated Mike Tanner.
“Richard provided a very engaging presentation to the members of the faculty and students regarding the impacts of single family redevelopment on water supply/demand and rainwater management. His presentation will be immensely valuable to the students as they prepare to venture out into the world as young engineers," stated Colleen Chan, the Department of Civil Engineering at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.