DOWNLOAD A COPY OF: “Living Water Smart in British Columbia: Sustainable Service Delivery for Watershed Systems” – released by the Partnership for Water Sustainability in March 2022
Note to Reader:
The article that follows provides historical context for development of EAP, the Ecological Accounting Process. This is an initiative of the Partnership for Water Sustainability. EAP as an idea was seeded in Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Moving Towards “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management”, released by the Partnership in November 2015.
The EAP methodology and metrics make the financial case for maintenance and management of stream systems. EAP supports Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery: A BC Framework, released in December 2014, in particular the goal to account for natural systems within asset management strategies.
Sustainable Service Delivery for Watershed Systems
During the years 2013 through 2017, the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia organized and co-hosted the Water Sustainability Annual Workshop Series through a partnership with the Irrigation Industry Association of BC. In December 2015, the Feast AND Famine Workshop addressed this over-arching question:
What should we expect and what can we do to build “water-resilient communities”? The program comprised four modules that were cascading – from high-level visioning to ground-level applications – and showcased solutions and tools to address risk and build resiliency. Adaptation to a changing climate was a unifying theme.
The “Feast AND Famine” module titled Sustainable Service Delivery for Watershed Systems featured UBCM’s Glen Brown in his leadership role as Chair of Asset Management BC. His presentation included the unveiling of a branding image for the Asset Management Continuum. The genesis and evolution of the continuum is the subject of the story that is told in “Living Water Smart in British Columbia: Sustainable Service Delivery for Watershed Systems” .
BRANDING GRAPHIC 3.0: In 2018. this enhanced version of the original graphic by Glen Brown provided further clarity by spelling out EAP as Step Three
Asset Management Continuum
The continuum is a branding image which identifies three steps, or defining points, in an incremental process. The image purpose is to illustrate diagrammatically what the journey by a local government to the eventual Sustainable Service Delivery destination for municipal infrastructure and stream systems would look like.
The relevance of this way of thinking is that different local governments will always be at different points and different levels of maturity along the Asset Management Continuum. Thus, Sustainable Service Delivery for Watershed Systems traces the evolution of the continuum branding image through three iterations leading up to introduction of EAP, the Ecological Accounting Process as Step Three on the continuum in January 2018.
To Learn More:
To read the complete story published in March 2022, download a PDF copy of “Living Water Smart in British Columbia: Sustainable Service Delivery for Watershed Systems” .
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