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Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia

ACTION PLAN 10-YR CELEBRATION: “Turn ideas into action by building capacity and understanding,” states Raymond Fung


1ST IN A SERIES: “The drought, forest fires and floods that British Columbia experienced in 2003 created a teachable moment for change in the way we view water in this province. Over the past decade, we have showcased innovation, developed tools and provided training, and collaborated with local governments to develop talent and build capacity in the Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland regions,” stated Raymond Fung.

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“The Partnership has really helped to move the bar in terms of how people deal with the water balance,” stated Councillor Judith Cullington


In February 2014, presentation of a Progress Report to the Capital Regional District created the opportunity for Councillor Judith Cullington to state that: “For many year, I have been following your work; and I have seen you build up this massive resource inventory of all kinds of information related to watersheds and a watershed-based approach to community planning.”

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GUIDANCE DOCUMENT: Primer on Water Balance Methodology for Protecting Watershed Health


The methodology is a pragmatic outcome of a ‘design with nature’ guiding philosophy that had its genesis more than two decades ago. “Looking back over the past 20-plus years, if the Stewardship Series was the first wave, the work of UBC’s James Taylor Chair on Sustainable Urban Landscapes was the second, and the Water Balance Approach is the third,” states Erik Karlsen.

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NEW REPORT: Blue City: The Water-Sustainable City of the Near Future


“We wanted Blue City to be an accessible report, grounded in rigorous research and analysis but presented in the style of a magazine. The report focuses on real measures and solutions of urban water issues that exist today. This is a very tangible report on a common vision and shared innovations,” states Kirk Stinchcombe.

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CASE PROFILE: Watershed Planning & Rainwater Management – Creating the Future in the City of Coquitlam


“The Case Profile describes how the City of Coquitlam has evolved an effective and adaptable approach to watershed-based community planning. By telling the stories of those who are spearheading changes in practice, this helps other local governments eliminate the ‘disconnect between information and implementation’ that may otherwise hold them back,” states Kim Stephens.

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Partnership for Water Sustainability’s 2014 Leadership Team


“The Leadership Team comprises Directors and non-Directors. For more than a decade, the team has been responsible for developing and delivering elements of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia. This provincial initiative provides an umbrella for bringing together partnerships and convening for action,” reports Peter Law.

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