Contextual Resources

Rainwater Management in a Watershed Sustainability Context – What’s the Goal?

“The legislative authority for integration of land use planning and asset management, including financial management, already exists. Local governments can develop a truly integrated Asset Management Strategy that views the watershed though an environmental lens,” states Glen Brown. “The Province’s Living Water Smart and Green Communities initiatives are catalysts for ‘designing with nature’.”

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“Collaborative initiatives will help municipalities better deliver on regulatory compliance,” Kim Stephens informs Metro Vancouver Regional Engineers Advisory Committee

“Everything the Partnership does is founded on the proven experience of local government champions who are leading change in BC. Inter-regional collaboration will help everyone go farther, more efficiently and effectively, to achieve these three objectives: design with nature, implement green infrastructure and mimic the Water Balance,” states Kim Stephens.

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What Are the Shortcomings with Low Impact Design (LID)?

“The approach of focussing on water quality is short-sighted and will prove to be only a part of the solution. It seems that everyone has forgotten the pioneering work of Richard Horner and Chris May in the late 1990s in Washington State,” states Jim Dumont. “It is critical to look at the stream to see its condition and its needs, rather than assuming that one solution from another region is the only solution.”

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