ARTICLE: Watershed Moment: How British Columbia has incorporated watershed thinking into its asset management (Water Canada magazine, Sep/Oct 2016)
“The goal in restoring the hydrologic integrity of a watershed is to forestall an unfunded taxpayer liability flowing from changes in hydrology,” wrote Kim Stephens, Executive Director with the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC, in an article published in Water Canada magazine. “A cornerstone of this approach is the legacy work of Richard Horner and Chris May. Their research made it clear that stormwater management is as much, or more, about land use decisions as engineering solutions.”
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“The water balance of a watershed needs to be protected and managed in the same way that engineered assets and the services they provide are managed. Failure to protect the hydrologic integrity of water balance pathways has financial, level-of-service, and lifecycle impacts, as well as implications for taxpayers.”
“A legacy of past community planning and infrastructure servicing practices is the water balance of urban watersheds is out of balance. Asset management is the lens for bringing land development and infrastructure servicing practice into line with science-based understanding,” concluded Kim Stephens.
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Download Watershed Moment: How British Columbia has incorporated watershed thinking into its asset management to read the complete article published in the September-October issue of Water Canada magazine.