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“It has taken more than a decade to implement a policy, program and regulatory framework that makes ‘Water-Resilient Communities’ possible in British Columbia,” Kim Stephens explained to a local government audience in Parksville


“Kim Stephens was able to communicate concepts in a way that made sense to the class. They understood him perfectly,” observed Todd Pugh, sessional instructor for Capilano’s Local Government Administration Certificate program. “It is such a mix of people – there were some who would have liked to hear more about the science behind what he presented, and for others it was more science than they’ve experienced since elementary school. So on the whole, I think he hit the right mix.”

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“Get it right at the development scale and the results will accumulate at the watershed and regional scales,” said Kim Stephens in a lecture to landscape architect students at UBC


North Vancouver City is a case study for a UBC design course on integration of landscape architecture into urban rainwater management strategies. “The lecture by Kim Stephens was excellent and well-paced,” stated Daniel Roehr, Associate Professor. “He provided clarity regarding a course objective, which is to design at different scales, using the reverse design strategy, site and details first before urban and regional scale.”

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It is necessary to connect past and present research to “think and act like a watershed”, Kim Stephens informed the Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society at its 2016 Annual General Meeting


“Everyone learns about the water cycle in elementary school, but by high school most have forgotten what they learned,” said Kim Stephens. “What does this mean for communities? Consider that a legacy of community and infrastructure design practices has failed to protect the natural water balance (hydrologic integrity). Failure has financial, level‐of‐service and life‐cycle impacts and implications for taxpayers. The results can be very expensive to fix.”

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FLASHBACK TO 2014: Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC recognized City of Coquitlam as a Champion Supporter and celebrated the accomplishments of staff


“There is no question that all of Council relishes Champion Supporter recognition. We strive to make sure that our watersheds work properly. We have a number of committees that are aimed at improving the health of the watershed and the health of the river – everything from sand and gravel operations to the way in which stormwater management takes place adjacent to city streets, the kinds of initiatives we have undertaken and continue to undertake,” stated Mayor Richard Stewart

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FLASHBACK TO 2014: Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC recognized City of North Vancouver as a Champion Supporter and celebrated the accomplishments of staff


“On the North Shore, people are passionate about their creeks. Protection of salmon habitat and stream health is important to us. We all can make a difference by designing with nature. The change starts with rain gardens. A single rain garden will not make a material difference to stream health. But 1000 rain gardens would be a different story. Restoring stream health requires a long-term commitment,” states Mayor Darrell Mussatto.

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BCIT Guest Lecture Series: graduating engineers learn about history and scope of “Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia” from Kim Stephens (March 2016)


The purpose of the British Columbia Institute of Technology in organizing the 2016 guest lecture series was to prepare graduating engineers for entry into the working world. “The presentation by Kim Stephens gave insight into how thinking has evolved regarding stormwater management in our region and elsewhere. His discussion of Voodoo Hydrology reinforced the importance of questioning everything, a habit I try to encourage in my students,” stated Laith Furatian.

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Benefits of Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative: Sharing and learning from each other eliminates disconnect between information and implementation


The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is recognized for the leadership that its Drinking Water & Watershed Program is providing. Success is helping to foster a new ‘land ethic’ among land and water practitioners in the region. Bill Veenhof (photo), RDN Chair, thanked the Partnership for Water Sustainability for recognizing the work of RDN staff and providing the RDN Board with an appreciation of how the RDN program is cross-pollinating with programs in other regions.

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Leading Change in British Columbia: Kim Stephens informed City Council about the historical and provincial significance of events hosted by the City of Surrey under umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan (April 2013)


A decade and a half of experience has enabled the City of Surrey to move beyond pilot projects to a broader watersheds objectives approach to implementing green infrastructure and capturing rain where it falls, to protect stream health. “The Surrey Sustainability Charter is about making the right choices and doing the right things. The Charter provides a comprehensive lens through which we will view all future initiatives, programs and plans,” stated Mayor Dianne Watts.

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Rollout of Beyond the Guidebook 2015: “Maintain watershed function and create sustainable communities,” Kim Stephens informed Capital Region’s Environmental Services Committee (Nov 2015)


“Everyone is doing something different. But it all fits together into an overall picture. It is how they share and learn from each other – because the objective is to ensure that we are all moving in the right direction. And so, in terms of the outcome of this collaboration, it really is about how to align regional and local actions with the provincial policy, program and regulatory framework. Our focus is on what we call hydrologic integrity,” stated Kim Stephens.

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Flashback to 2006: Under John Wagner’s leadership, UBC-Okanagan began a tradition of celebrating World Water Day


Dr. John Wagner (photo) has been responsible for bringing life to the World Water Day celebrations at UBC-Okanagan University. “2006 was our first WWD at UBCO and Kim Stephens was the first in what became a long line of distinguished speakers! In his presentation, Kim focused on the integrating role that the Water Sustainability Action Plan plays in implementing the Convening for Action initiative through regional partnerships,” states John Wagner.

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