“More and more cities are adding green infrastructure to supplement the traditional grey infrastructure of gutters and pipes and storm sewers—infiltrating, reusing, or otherwise diverting runoff to extend the capacity of the existing systems and delay or avoid upgrading and replacing them,” wrote Janice Kaspersen .
British Columbia Partnership announces that rebuilt “Water Balance Model” now incorporates Climate Change Module
“Local governments are making significant progress in preparing for a changing climate. Throughout these processes, a key challenge has been translating global climate science to local land-use decisions. The new Climate Change Module in the Water Balance Model helps overcome this obstacle,” stated Chris Jensen.
Bowker Blueprint Update: “Watershed Moment” in BC’s Capital Region Connects the Future with the Past
“This flagship project will transform a section of Bowker Creek from a degraded, highly urbanized creek into a naturally functioning water environment. This is a huge catalyst for moving forward and seeing the fulfillment of the watershed vision that is outlined in the Bowker Creek Blueprint,” stated Jody Watson .
“The strength of the Bowker Creek Initiative lies in the complementary talents and passions of its de facto leadership team. 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,” states Kim Stephens.
"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,” stated Chris Jensen.
“The stream restoration work is exciting when one recognizes the glorious project one is part of. 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.
“The Bowker Creek story is more than about producing a plan. It is about engaging the community. If the community is actively engaged, they will take greater responsibility for delivery. The three municipalities could not deliver a plan for watershed restoration – unless the community drives and supports delivery,” states Ian Graeme.
Community Engagement Drives "Bowker Creek Initiative" in the urban heartland of British Columbia's Capital Region
“It was such a wonderful moment. I saw my neighbourhood differently. As I first began to think in terms of ‘what is a watershed’ and then ‘what is an urban watershed’, I felt connected to the earth. And I felt a responsibility,” recalls Soren Henrich.
Bowker Creek Initiative celebrates 10-year anniversary; recognizes leadership provided by Chair Jody Watson
Jody Watson 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 us on results.
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.