“The purpose of this short-form document is to provide local government staff and others with a ‘what you need to know’ overview of the Water Balance Methodology. The desired outcome is that this will facilitate informed decision-making that results in development and implementation of affordable and effective performance targets,” explains Richard Boase.
“Sustainable Service Delivery integrates all the principles of Asset Management. It understands the value of land-use planning; and it understands the impacts that land-use planning has on service delivery. It also integrates the ‘design with nature’ philosophy,” states Derek Richmond.
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.
“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.
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.