“Combining an environmental protection DPA with a climate action DPA can achieve broader rainwater management goals. A water conservation DPA might include strategies that reduce the demand for potable water (for example, low water use landscaping), and support on-site rainwater infiltration and rainwater capture for re-use,” states the Guide in providing an example of proposed application.
“Inter-regional sharing, collaboration, alignment and consistency will accelerate effective implementation of watershed protection objectives within each regional district. The regions are linked by common interests, but are not dependent on each other,” states Comox Valley Board Chair Edwin Grieve.
Water Bucket Website hosts "homepage" for 2012 Cowichan Valley Forum on Sustainable Rainwater Management
“The Water Bucket team is working with the Cowichan Valley Regional Team to help them capture their key messages about the 2012 Forum on Sustainable Rainwater Management in a conversational way,” states Mike Tanner
2008 Cowichan Valley Forum was provincial pilot for building developer and local government capacity to apply the Water Balance Model
“The educational approach is helping us to identify and empower a core group of local champions who will then have the expertise to apply and advance the water balance approach to land development,” states Peter Nilsen.
2008 Cowichan Valley Water Balance Model Forum featured case studies at watershed, neighbourhood and site scales
“What was unique about our approach was the educational context. Willing project proponents volunteered to develop and share the case studies. It truly was a collaborative effort,” recalls Rob Conway.
"Deal with Rainwater Runoff Responsibly", urged Rob Conway at 2008 Cowichan Valley Water Balance Model Forum
“We are increasingly advising development applicants that they need to manage rainwater runoff where it falls. Until now we have not had an appropriate way to assess their proposed solutions.The Water Balance Model is a great way to do this. It provides local government reviewers with a measurable way of determining what is a good solution for a particular site,” noted Rob Conway.
"Success of 2008 Cowichan Water Balance Model Forum demonstrated by a number of results," concluded 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. Unlike the pipe-and-convey approach, the use of source control features is an investment in green value that brings returns for the developer and end-users of a site,” stated Jay Bradley.
“The methodology integrates the components of the water balance, and assesses how they change as the percentage of hard surface increases: runoff goes up; infiltration and surface evaporation both go down. Evaporation is critical and typically gets overlooked in conventional drainage modelling,” emphasized Jim Dumont.
Partnership for Water Sustainability launches Inter-Regional Education Initiative on Vancouver Island
“Each region has developed a provincially significant plan or approach to achieve water and watershed sustainability.All are striving to implement a consistent regional approach that protects and/or restores natural watershed function over time. All are advancing watershed-based strategies and programs for integrating the site with the watershed and stream. These initiatives all recognize the importance of instilling a land ethic that respects water,” observes Derek Richmond
“We don’t talk only about water. We challenge our audiences, ‘What do we want this place to look like in 50 years?’ Because the decisions we make now about land development will ripple through time,” states Kim Stephens.