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YOUTUBE VIDEO: Flashback to a Watershed Moment at the Gaining Ground Summit – “The ‘new Water Balance Model’ underpins Beyond the Guidebook initiative,” stated Dale Wall, Deputy Minister (May 2008)

"We are using the slogan The New Business As Usual to convey the message that, for change to really occur, practices that until now have been viewed as the exception must become the norm moving forward. We have to build regulatory models and develop models of practice and expertise,” stated Dale Wall, Deputy Minister.

Sustainable Watershed Systems: “As understanding grows of a whole-system approach, local governments will progress incrementally along the Asset Management Continuum,” Kim Stephens informs an Okanagan audience at the FLOWnGROW Workshop (Nov 2016)

“Over the past year, we have begun to frame where we want to get to in British Columbia in terms of sustainable watershed systems. We are saying it is a three-step process, If you don't already have an asset management plan, then you cannot make that leap all the way to Step Three," stated Kim Stephens. “What the Partnership is trying to do right now is to get them ready in terms of where they need to be a couple of years down the road."

2012 Vancouver Island Water Balance Forum: “Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Educational Initiative” launched at ‘share & learn’ event hosted by Cowichan Valley Regional District (March 2012)

“The Forum was the kick-off for an inter-regional education initiative to be implemented in four regions over several years. Sharing of experiences, collaboration, alignment and a consistent approach on Vancouver Island will allow everyone to go farther, more efficiently and effectively,” stated Kate Miller. “Our emphasis will be on “targets and criteria”, lessons learned, and practices necessary to protect stream health.”

2011 Water Balance Partners Forum: “ISMP Course Correction: Municipalities Can Achieve More With Less” – theme for regional capacity-building event hosted by Metro Vancouver (April 2011)

A decade ago, local governments ventured into uncharted waters when undertaking Integrated Stormwater Management Plans. “The genesis for ISMPs was a desire to integrate the community, engineering, planning and environmental perspectives,” stated Robert Hicks. "The implicit goal was to build and/or rebuild communities in balance with ecology. Local governments knew they had to do business differently in order to protect and/or restore watershed health."

FLASHBACK TO 2008: “The methodology embedded in the Water Balance Model powered by QUALHYMO enables a watershed target to be established,” stated Kim Stephens at the concluding seminar in the Cowichan Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series (July 2008)

"In 2002, 'Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia' articulated a principle that performance targets at the watershed scale provide a starting point to guide the actions of local government in the right direction," stated Kim Stephens. "The objective is to translate those targets into appropriate site design criteria that then provide local government staff and developers with practical guidance for achieving the goal of stream protection."

2008 Cowichan Valley Water Balance Forum: “Create Liveable Communities and Protect Stream Health” – Living Water Smart capacity-building event hosted by Cowichan Valley Regional District (Oct 2008)


“In the larger context, the forum is indicative of how far along our community of Vancouver Island practitioners has come,” stated Jay Bradley. “We are fostering a growing understanding of the fact that what goes on at a site, in terms of how rainwater is treated, is linked not only to stream and watershed health, but also to our social well-being and aesthetics of our communities.”

2007 Water Balance Partners Forum: “Beyond the Guidebook Initiative” previewed by inter-regional focus group at ‘share & learn’ event hosted by Metro Vancouver (March 2007)

Surrey's Fergus Creek Watershed Plan is the pilot for Beyond the Guidebook. The plan is based entirely on implementing ‘green solutions’ as an alternative to conventional engineered ‘blue solutions’. "The Fergus plan demonstrates how to protect stream health in the urban environment”, noted David Hislop. “In addition to rainwater capture on individual lots, the strategy for replicating natural infiltration processes includes creation of contiguous large-scale green corridors through the watershed."

2008 Water Balance Partners Forum: “Water Balance Model powered by QUALHYMO” launched at inter-regional event hosted by North Vancouver District (Feb 2008)

“Two rainfall-runoff tools have been merged to create a new tool, the Water Balance Model powered by QUALHYM, that integrates the site with the stream and watershed,” stated Ted van der Gulik. “Funded by the Province of British Columbia, the new tool supports Beyond the Guidebook: The New Business As Usual, a provincial initiative to influence the greening of the Built Environment.”

2004 Water Balance Partners Forum: Success Stories & Lessons Learned – participants reflected on mission of Inter-Governmental Partnership to promote changes in land development practices (Oct 2004)

“Partners were encouraged to present a 5-minute synopsis of how the WBM is being applied in their community, what related initiatives are being implemented, and what lessons have been learned,” stated Kim Stephens. “This provided a starting point for sharing of experiences and offering feedback on what the Inter-Governmental Partnership can do to make the WBM even better."