Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Water Sustainability Action Plan releases the “ISMP Course Correction Series”


Implementing Change on the Ground

During the November-December 2010 period, the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia is releasing a series of five articles that are designed to inform local governments and others about a course correction for Integrated Stormwater Management Plans (ISMPs). The series describes:

  • what ISMPs are;
  • how local governments can do more with less; and
  • how local governments can ensure ISMPs are outcome-oriented.

The series is extracted from Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia, released in June.

“This provincial guidance document tells the stories of the champions who are implementing change on the ground. Equally important, Beyond the Guidebook 2010 also presents a framework for establishing watershed-specific performance targets and implementing green infrastructure,” states Kim Stephens, Executive Director, Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC.


ISMP Course Correction Series

“An ISMP is a potentially powerful tool to achieve a vision for ‘green’ development, one that protects stream health, fish habitat and fish. Local governments now have a decade of experience from which to extract lessons learned,” continues Kim Stephens.

“The purpose in publishing the ISMP Course Correction Series is to draw attention to lessons learned and insights gained by those local government leaders who have ISMP and related experience,” adds Tim Pringle, Partnership President.

“The sharing of experience will help stretch limited resources so that local governments can ‘do more with less’ in applying and benefitting from a ‘regional team approach’.”


To Learn More:

To access qnd download PDF copies of the five stories in ‘ISMP Course Correction Series’, click on Water Bucket publishes excerpts from “Beyond the Guidebook 2010” about why and how to re-focus ISMPs on outcomes — Outcome-oriented planning is a problem-solving PROCESS. It is not a procedure. It is not a matter of applying a regulation or a checklist. Participants have to be committed to the outcome.

Posted November 2010