NEW GUIDE: Development Permit Areas for Climate Action in British Columbia

“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.

“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.

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