BEYOND THE GUIDEBOOK 2015: Moving Towards “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management”

Note to Reader:

Released in November 2015, ‘Beyond the Guidebook 2015’ is about inter-regional collaboration that is guided by this mantra: “Through sharing and learning, ensure that where we are going is indeed the right way”. The PREFACE is reproduced below.

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Towards a Watershed Health Legacy in the Georgia Basin

‘Beyond the Guidebook 2015’ is the third in a series that builds onStormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia. Structured in four parts, ‘Beyond the Guidebook 2015’ is a progress report on how local governments on the east coast of Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland are ‘learning by doing’ to implement affordable and effective science-based practices to achieve:

  • Watershed Health: Protect and/or restore hydrologic integrity
  • Resilient Rainwater Management: Mimic the natural water balance
  • Sustainable Service Delivery: Integrate natural systems thinking and adaptation to a changing climate into asset management

‘Beyond the Guidebook 2015’ introduces Dr. Daniel Pauly’s Shifting Baseline Syndrome to explain why communities unwittingly accept incremental and cumulative environmental degradation. It then adapts this thinking to focus on how communities can turn the clock back to replicate desired conditions.  This outcome would be achievable through an approach that is being branded as Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management. The concluding chapter presents a look ahead at the IREI program road map through 2017.

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Released by the Province in 2002, ‘Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia’ is the provincial foundation for the rainwater component of Liquid Waste Management Plans, a regulatory tool. It is complemented by the ‘Beyond the Guidebook Report Series’, the ‘Beyond the Guidebook Primer Series’ and the ‘Watershed Case Profile Series’.

In February 2009, the Ministry of Community Development issued a Circular to all local governments. The Circular drew their attention to the purpose of the Beyond the Guidebook initiative, launched in 2007. Later, the Ministry of Environment’s Interim Guidelines for Preparing Liquid Waste Management Plans (July 2011) reinforced the foundational function of the 2002 Guidebook.

To Learn More:

Visit the Beyond the Guidebook homepage on the Rainwater Management community-of-interest for a comprehensive set of posts that present the content in digestible bites, CLICK HERE.

In addition, click on these links to delve deeper:

FLASHBACK TO 2009: Ministry of Community Development Circular informed BC local governments about ‘Beyond the Guidebook’

Interim Guidelines for Preparing Liquid Waste Management Plans (July 2011)

Creating the Future in British Columbia: Recognize and Address the “Shifting Baseline”

To view the 2010 TED Talk featuring Daniel Pauly, go to

MOE website reference to Guidebook