“The response to the SmartStorm Forum Series was simply overwhelming,” recalls Barry Janyk, former Mayor of the Town of Gibsons, and Series Moderator. “For the first event, held in Nanaimo, the doors had to be closed when the surge of last-minute registrations reached the 250 seating capacity of the Coast Bastion venue.”
DOWNLOAD: “Design with Nature” philosophy guides Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia
“In practical terms, what designing with nature means…is essentially a restatement of Smart Growth principles. We find that people intuitively understand what designing with nature means. It is non-threatening,” stated Ray Fung.
GUIDANCE DOCUMENT: Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia
“Most people really want to do their part to improve the environment but generally are at a loss for how to proceed. The Guidebook provides a simple and easy-to-grasp road map…….we can accomplish much if we adopt some of the splendid suggestions regarding urban watershed protection in the Guidebook,” states Dr. Bernard Bauer.
Bowker Creek Blueprint: Water Bucket stories profile precedent-setting initiative for urban watershed restoration in the Georgia Basin
“Change is slow in the urban environment. It usually happens with re-development of individual lots as buildings wear out or as population density increases. With re-development comes opportunity for creek restoration or creek day-lighting. Having a detailed plan and long-term vision will help all partners be ready,” writes Tanis Gower.
ARTICLE: Pathway to Urban Water Sustainability in British Columbia: Partnerships, Collaboration, Innovation and Integration
“It is revealing that inserting the word team could have such a profound impact on how practitioners view their world. Inclusion of the team word implies there is personal commitment – that is why the regional team approach is fundamentally different than a regional approach,” states Tim Pringle.