“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 venue.When we decided to host the second event on the Sunshine Coast, the skeptics asked me who would come to the Sunshine Coast. Well, they did come and they came from far and wide, including a representative of the Ontario Ministry of Environment. We attracted a capacity crowd of some 225 to the local theatre in Sechelt.”
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. “What we found is that the term Smart Growth is sometimes highly charged and political. People often get their backs up because they associate ‘smart growth’ as being all about imposing higher density development. We find that people intuitively understand what designing with nature means. It is non-threatening.”
GUIDANCE DOCUMENT: Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia
‘Beyond the Guidebook 2010’ describes how water sustainability can and will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies and practices. Getting there relies on a change in mind-set. “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.
ARTICLE: Integrated Rainwater Management: Move to a Levels-of-Service Approach to Sustainable Service Delivery (December 2010)
‘Level-of-Service’ is the integrator for everything that local governments do. What level of service does a community wish to provide, and what level can it afford? Everyone will have to make level-of-service choices. “People ‘hear’ the word ‘deficit’ and assume the accountants will fix it all. But people ‘listen’ to the word ‘liability’ and often ask questions or realize some action is necessary,” states Wally Wells.
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,” writes Tanis Gower. “The Bowker Creek Initiative has produced a plan – the Bowker Creek Blueprint – that includes policy recommendations. Creek restoration opportunities typically arise with little warning, and the detailed plan and long-term vision will help all its partners be ready.”
ARTICLE: Pathway to Urban Water Sustainability in British Columbia: Partnerships, Collaboration, Innovation and Integration (Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine, January 2010)
“A ‘regional team approach’ is founded on partnerships and collaboration, and seeks to align local actions with provincial and regional goals. Vancouver Island is demonstrating the regional team approach. 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.