“In the latter part of my career, I have been part of a great team that has looked at rainfall differently and shares a vision for what the Bowker Creek watershed can be again. The ‘blueprint for action’ is a perfect example of working with others to improve watershed health long-term, and I am proud to have been part of creating it,” states Steve Fifield.
Bowker Creek Blueprint
Bowker Creek Blueprint provides springboard to "Integrated Sustainable Planning for Infrastructure and Public Works"
“With a clear vision and Blueprint in place, municipalities and communities are able to incorporate efforts into operational work plans, volunteer and school group efforts and to work together with the development community to restore Bowker Creek and its watershed within a vibrant and active community,” states Colin Doyle.
Bowker Creek Initiative celebrates 10-year anniversary; recognizes leadership provided by Chair Jody Watson
Jody excels at communicating the vision and instilling a sense of mission that is true to the watershed plan. She has put a lot of emphasis on developing relationships and trust. She is a great communicator and is always looking for opportunities and focussing everyone on results.
“Viewed from the outside, the strength of the Bowker Creek Initiative lies in the complementary talents and passions of its leadership team. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The key is that they believe in the mission: This is what we want our watershed to look like in 100 years, and these are the steps we will take to get there,” observes Kim Stephens.
“In 1995, I got involved in a Local Area Plan that was under development in Saanich; and started advocating for changes in watershed and stream protection policies. To draw attention to the need for action, I organized a series of community walks and developed a ‘watershed tour’ slideshow and took it around the community,” recalls Ian Graeme.
"Looking back, the Bowker Creek Forum in 2002 was THE turning point for restoring watershed health," says Chris Jensen
At university, I specialized in hydrology so I could learn how to achieve a balance between development and nature. I wanted to apply this knowledge locally and take it from theory to practice. I didn’t have to look any further than the watershed I live in for the opportunity to do so.
“Working with others in the stream is a vital part for me. The experience taps something tribal in us. The stream restoration work is exciting …. It is a tremendous bonding experience: These are my people and we are of this place. Working together along the creek is one kind of social glue for the committee members,” states Gerald Harris.
Community Engagement Drives "Bowker Creek Initiative" in the urban heartland of British Columbia's Capital Region
“I realized then that my thing is Bowker Creek. I wanted to be able to answer the question: where is Bowker Creek. And I wanted to ask others: do you know that you live in a watershed. After reading the book Neighbor Power, I was inspired to make a difference by engaging community through art events and education,” recalls Soren Henrich.
Bigger Pipes or Greener Communities: A Hydrological Assessment of Using Green Infrastructure Practices in British Columbia to Mitigate Future Flooding
“Green infrastructure practices offers a potential strategy for reducing the flood impacts of climate change. Green infrastructure relies on runoff management measures that seek to control rainwater volume at the source by reducing imperviousness and retaining, infiltrating and reusing rainwater,” states Chris Jensen
Bowker Blueprint Update: “Watershed Moment” in BC’s Capital Region Connects the Future with the Past
“The Oak Bay High project is an excellent example of how collaboration between local governments, senior levels of government and the school district can produce such positive results for the entire community,” states Nils Jensen, Mayor of Oak Bay. “This project also demonstrates Oak Bay’s commitment to the preservation and enhancement of our natural environment.”