“Council adopted a ‘Water Strategy’ that includes a vision for water that closely aligns with the province’s Living Water Smart program,” stated Kevin Henderson.
Leading Change in Canada: Federation of Canadian Municipalities Showcases BC’s Water Sustainability Action Plan
“We are CONNECTING THE DOTS between land use planning, development, watershed health AND infrastructure asset management. When communities are guided by a DESIGN WITH NATURE philosophy, water sustainability can be achieved. It will be achieved by implementing GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE policies and practices,” stated Kim Stephens.
“We describe this as MISSION POSSIBLE because those operating in the local government setting can now access tools and experience that will enable them to make a difference. Our approach is TOP-DOWN / BOTTOM-UP. It is keyed to three words: ALIGNMENT, COLLABORATION, INTEGRATION,” stated Kim Stephens.
“The Partnership for Water Sustainability has a vision for reconnecting communities with the land. Simply put, we believe if we respect the land, water sustainability will follow. Getting there requires a change in mind-set and land ethic. We describe this as MISSION POSSIBLE because those operating in the local government setting can now access tools and experience that will enable them to make a difference. Our approach is top-down and bottom-up. It is keyed to three words: ALIGNMENT, COLLABORATION, INTEGRATION,” stated Kim Stephens.
“The City of Surrey, Bowker Creek Initiative and District of North Vancouver stand out because of their sustained commitment to outcome-oriented approaches: Establish the vision, set the target, and then implement,” stated Corino Salomi.
Tim Pringle is a Founding Director and the first President. He was Executive Director of the Real Estate Foundation from its founding in 1988 until 2008. In 2010, Tim Pringle was the inaugural winner of the Land Champion Award for British Columbia.
ARTICLE: Integrated Rainwater Management: Move to a Levels-of-Service Approach to Sustainable Service Delivery
“People ‘hear’ the word ‘deficit’ and assume the accountants will fix it all. But people ‘listen’ to the word ‘liability’ and often ask questions or realize some action is necessary,” states Wally Wells.
Infrastructure Deficit or Infrastructure Liability – Our WORD choice says it all, according to Wally Wells of Asset Management BC
“We incur a deficit when we spend more than we have or OVERSPEND. But our problem with our infrastructure is we spend less than we should or we UNDERSPEND. So we are really creating a negative legacy or Infrastructure LIABILITY. It is not a deficit,” states Wally Wells.
Founding members of BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee re-group under new Partnership’s Champions Advisory Committee
“We are now at a point where the work that that has taken place under the auspices of the BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee is making an obvious difference. While still much remains to be done, this is an appropriate time to acknowledge and celebrate your accomplishments,” wrote Daisy Foster.