“Water Balance Model Express demonstrates how inter-regional partners are sharing tools and resources,” Kim Stephens informs Cowichan Valley Regional Board

“So, why collaboration? Here are the key words – affordable and effective. This is what it is all about. Money is not unlimited,” emphasized Kim Stephens. “So what is the goal of collaboration? We are talking about standards of practice, whether those practices be engineering or planning. They have to be affordable and effective. Where we are trying to get to is a healthy watershed with healthy streams.”

Comox Valley Regional Board approves recommendation to use Water Balance Methodology to develop Performance Targets

"The CVRD is currently undergoing an Official Community Plan update and it is timely to include updated policy statements regarding rainwater management. A full rainwater management strategy is a multi-year process that can be started now with implementation of several short term objectives aimed at further improving rainwater management in the electoral areas," wrote Kevin Lorettte.

Partnership unveiled web-based “Water Balance Model Express for Landowners” at Cowichan Valley Forum in February 2014

“The CVRD wants to ensure that our region’s watersheds continue to function effectively so that both our communities, the environment and fisheries get the right amount of water at the right time,” states Kate Miller. “The WBM Express allows us to implement specific targets for each of our communities’ watersheds so that the homeowner simply has to select their appropriate watershed and concentrate on their property’s function."

WBM Express introduced to Comox Valley Regional District in July 2013

"With my current understanding, I see the WBM Express as a tool that would not necessarily be referenced in the OCP and other bylaws, but that the performance standard built into it would be. Staff would direct individual landowners wanting to do small developments towards the WBM Express," stated Tanis Gower.