Chilliwack, Surrey, Kelowna and Courtenay: Four cities in four regions of British Columbia were early adopters in embracing the Water Balance Model
Four cities in four regions – Chilliwack (Fraser Valley), Surrey (Metro Vancouver), Kelowna (Okanagan) and Courtenay (Vancouver Island) – were early adopters in embracing the ‘design with nature’ paradigm-shift and were Water Balance Model founding partners in 2002.
City of Kelowna Perspective
Beyond the Guidebook 2010 is advancing an holistic approach to sustainable water management. Topsoil in particular is the point of connection between Drought Management and Rainwater Management.
“Since I have been advocating for improvements to our watersheds I have witnessed many groups in the Okanagan working together in developing a clear plan for water sustainability,” states Mayor Sharon Shepherd in providing her perspective on Beyond the Guidebook 2010.
“It is essential that we continue to promote the efficient use of water using the best conservation techniques and at the same time strengthen local and provincial environment policy that would protect the very important watersheds that are under constant pressure for other uses.”
To Learn More:
To read the complete story posted on the Rainwater Management Community-of-Interest, click on Chilliwack, Surrey, Kelowna and Courtenay: Four cities in four regions of British Columbia were early adopters in embracing the Water Balance Model
The ‘design with nature’ paradigm is borrowed from the seminal book by Ian McHarg because it captures the essence of climate change adaptation. Adaptation is about responding to the changes that will inevitably occur. Adaptation is at the community level and is therefore about collaboration. To read the complete story, click on “Design with Nature” philosophy guides Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia