Water Balance Forum hosted by Metro Vancouver and SILG at the Annacis Research Academy is the “event of record” for release of Beyond the Guidebook 2015


Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management

“A watershed is an integrated system, is infrastructure, and is an asset that provides municipal services,” states Kim Stephens, Executive Director, Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia.

mg_1071_kim-stephens_australia_4aug2016_120p“More specifically, the three pathways by which rainfall reaches streams are infrastructure assets. They provide ‘water balance services’.”

“By 2017, the goal of the Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Educational Initiative (IREI) is that everyone involved in land use and drainage would understand how to achieve Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management.”


Water Balance Partners Forum

In November 2015, the Partnership for Water Sustainability released Beyond the Guidebook 2015: “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management.

The venue for the “event of record” was the Annacis Research Academy, a Metro Vancouver facility.

The Partnership also unveiled the Water Balance Express for Landowners at the Water Balance Partners Forum.

The Forum was co-hosted by the Metro Vancouver Stormwater Interagency Liaison Group (SILG), a technical committee comprising municipal representatives.


Beyond the Guidebook Report Series

This is the third in a series of guidance documents that build on Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia, released by the Province in 2002.

Reports were published previously in 2007 and 2010. They document progress by the champions in local government who are leading application of science-based practices to achieve watershed health outcomes.

“Doing business differently and making a difference is a building blocks process,” states Kim Stephens.

“The titles of the three documents to date in the Beyond the Guidebook Report Series reflect the progress that is being made: know the context for action; change the culture and instil a new ethic; create a legacy.

To Learn More:

Download a copy of Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Moving Towards “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management.

Download a copy of Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia, released in June 2010.

Download a copy of Beyond the Guidebook: Context for Rainwater Management and Green Infrastructure in British Columbia, released in June 2007.