“The article by Kim Stephens and Jim Dumont makes important comparisons between stormwater management in the US and Canada. Practitioners in the US can learn a great deal from BC’s approach,” concluded Janice Kasperson.
Convening for Action in 2012
The American Clean Water Act turned 40 years old in October 2012. “Urban waterways have gone from being wastelands to being the center of redevelopment and activity. The end result — waters are more swimmable, fishable and sources of drinking water are more protected,” writes Gregory DiLoreto, ASCE President-elect.
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 Blueprint Update: “Watershed Moment” in BC’s Capital Region Connects the Future with the Past
Flagship project will transform a section of Bowker Creek from a degraded, highly urbanized creek into a naturally functioning water environment.
“The City of Parksville is fortunate to have the funding support of the Green Municipal Fund,” said Parksville Mayor Chris Burger. “With this partnership, the City will be in a position to complete the review and update of our Official Community Plan, ensuring that our future planning is sustainable for our residents for many years to come,” stated Mayor Chris Burger.
Living Rivers and Partnership for Water Sustainability align efforts in Mid-Island Region to advance Living Water Smart provincial initiative
“Initially, Living Rivers and the Partnership will collaborate with local governments and others within the boundaries of the Nanaimo Regional District and Cowichan Valley Regional District to advance Convening for Action in the Mid-Island Region. Collaboration will enable us to advance a shared vision for settlement change in balance with natural ecosystems,” stated Alan Lill.
The proposed ‘water balance’ pilot study would evaluate the effects of development and climate change scenarios on surface and groundwater levels feeding Englishman River. Councillor Sue Powell moved that the offer be referred to staff for review and to obtain input from the Official Community Plan consultant and report back to Council.
City of Parksville's OCP can be a demonstration application for Living Water Smart, says Kim Stephens
“The OCP is high-level in creating a ‘vision and goals’ through a community consultation process. Therefore, a desired outcome from the Partnership’s perspective is that the OCP Review would simply incorporate appropriate language that connects the dots to Living Water Smart, British Columbia’s Water Plan,” states Kim Stephens.
City of Parksville supports collaborative effort to develop "Primer on Integrated Rainwater and Groundwater Management for Lands Adjacent to Englishman River"
“The City supports the joint research and information-sharing project related to the science of ‘living water smart’ on the Englishman River. However, since staff resources are very limited to participate with this initiative, a consensus was reached to link the project’s objectives with the new Official Community Plan,” wrote Blaine Russell.
Parksville OCP Advisory Committees introduced to the vision for the Vancouver Island Inter-Regional Education Initiative
“The City invited us to provide an overview on the topics of groundwater science, aquatic ecosystem health and the web-based Water Balance Model. This invitation opened the door to explaining the significance and relevance of the Inter-Regional Education Initiative, and how Parksville can benefit from participation,” states Craig Wightman.