DOWNLOAD A COPY OF: “Living Water Smart in British Columbia: Enhancing biodiversity through green infrastructure solutions in Surrey” – released by the Partnership for Water Sustainability in November 2023
Note to Reader:
Published by the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia, Waterbucket eNews celebrates the leadership of individuals and organizations who are guided by the Living Water Smart vision. The edition published on November 21, 2023 featured Rémi Dubé of the City of Surrey. In the 2000s, he made significant contributions to the evolution of rainwater management and green infrastructure in British Columbia. A noteworthy contribution is the Fergus Creek watershed plan which was the genesis for Surrey’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and Development Cost Charges Bylaw.
Enhancing biodiversity thru green infrastructure solutions
“When Rémi Dubé joined the City of Surrey in 2002, he brought his skillset as an experienced water resources engineer to bear as manager of the drainage section responsible for land development planning,” stated Kim Stephens, Waterbucket eNews Editor and Partnership Executive Director.
“In the 2000s, his drainage leadership allowed Rémi Dubé to make significant contributions to the evolution of rainwater management and green infrastructure. He framed the nature of the paradigm-shift with this statement:
Lands for Green Infrastructure Network
“From that bold leap forward emerged the framework for Surrey’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy. The genesis for the strategy was the green solutions concept in the Fergus Creek plan. With adoption of the Biodiversity Strategy in 2014, Surrey established a Canadian first.”
“The next bold leap was the Development Cost Charges Bylaw for Biodiversity Conservation in 2019. This funds land acquisition for the Green Infrastructure Network.”
Leaders by example, without fanfare
“At the time, all this stuff was happening when we were doing our regular jobs. We were quite jealous of how other municipalities were highlighting what they were doing,” recalls Rémi Dubé.
“If it was not for the Partnership for Water Sustainability and the waterbucket.ca website, we would not have taken the time to report on what we were doing! We were just doing the job. It was always, one day we should write about it. Really!”
“I remember thinking if we could just write this stuff down. And the only place that we did it was through the Partnership. And once in a while we would go to a conference and present.”
To Learn More:
To read the complete story, download a copy of Living Water Smart in British Columbia: Enhancing biodiversity through green infrastructure solutions in Surrey. The downloadable version includes a Bonus Feature – the complete interview with Rémi Dubé.