Vancouver Island Water Balance Model Team Implements Outreach Program
City of Nanaimo hosts session on ‘Sustainable Drainage’
Three provincial Ministries and the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) have formed a Vancouver Island Coordinating Team to facilitate a consistent, science-based approach to rainwater management on Vancouver Island.
The team is moving forward with an outreach program that involves meeting with local governments to generate dialogue and build bridges. The first two information sharing sessions on ‘sustainable drainage’ were hosted by the Cowichan Valley Regional District and the City of Nanaimo in December 2006 and February 2007, respectively.
The session with the City of Nanaimo was initiated by the City’s Development Services Department because of a desire to learn more about what other local governments are doing to implement sustainable drainage practices.
“It was an interesting mix of planners and engineers”, observed Peter Law (Ministry of Environment), “This provided a range of perspectives, from community planning to on-the-ground utility maintenance. Roundtable sessions like this are essential for building understanding.”
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