Metro Vancouver Region is a Champion Supporter of the Partnership for Water Sustainability


Kim Stephens (L) presents the "letter of recognition" Metro Vancouver Chair Greg Moore (R) in May 2014

Kim Stephens (L) presents the “letter of recognition” to Metro Vancouver Chair Greg Moore (R) in May 2014

Commitment to a Shared Vision

“The Champion Supporters category of membership in the Partnership is our way of formally recognizing agencies and organizations that provide the Partnership  with substantial financial and/or in-kind support. Their support is vitally important because that is what enables the Partnership to develop tools and deliver programs under the umbrella of Convening for Action in British Columbia,” states Kim Stephens, Executive Director of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC.

“Metro Vancouver’s demonstrated commitment to achieving a shared vision for water sustainability in a local government setting is vitally important to the Partnership’s capability to carry out our mission in delivering the Water Sustainability Action Plan for BC. Without the historical and ongoing contributions of an organization such as Metro Vancouver, there would be no Partnership and no assets such as the Water Balance Model (WBM) decision support tool and website.”

“A decade ago, Metro Vancouver was a founding partner in the WBM initiative. Over the years, Metro Vancouver has hosted meetings, working sessions and forums organized by the Partnership. In 2012, a $50,000 grant from Metro Vancouver towards the WBM Express for Landowners leveraged almost $250,000 in co-funding.”

Why Metro Vancouver Co-Funded Development of “WBM Express for Landowners”

“Metro Vancouver contributed $50,000 to fund further enhancement of the Water Balance Model because widespread use of this decision  tool will help Metro Vancouver and members fulfil our regulatory commitments, in particular those related to integrated rainwater management,” stated Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore, Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board, in a 2012 statement.

Mayor-Greg-Moore_2013_120p“Actions required of local government are spelled out in the region’s Integrated Liquid Waste & Resource Management Plan, approved by the Minister of Environment in May 2011. Conditions in the Minister’s approval highlight the importance of land use planning in protecting stream health. The conditions focus attention on how the degree, type and location of land development can affect the long-term health of the watershed.”

“The region and members have committed to protecting stream and watershed health. This will be accomplished by managing rain where it falls. Use of the Water Balance Model can help municipalities to define achievable and affordable performance targets at the watershed, neighbourhood and site scales,” concluded Chair Greg Moore.

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