“The website is designed to provide the complete story on integrated land and water management – why, what, where and how. Because we have such a strong following in the United States, we do make a special effort to include American stories. We cannot help but wonder about the extent to which the BC experience may be subtlety influencing thinking in the United States,” states Mike Tanner.
2011 thru 2015
FLASHBACK TO 2005 (Video): Launch of waterbucket.ca website announced by the Province of British Columbia at Penticton Conference
“Local governments and others can share success stories, information, practical tools and ideas about water sustainability and conservation. “This is another major step forward to ensuring British Columbians have access to safe, clean and abundant water supplies. This resource will allow those responsible for water management to develop tools and programs that address water sustainability and to share their knowledge and successes with others,” stated the Hon. Bill Barisoff.
Partnership for Water Sustainability released “Primer on Land Development Process in BC” at 2013 UBCM Annual Convention
“The Primer is a ‘bridging document’ because it illustrates how to seamlessly integrate the legal and administrative parts of the Land Development Process through the designing with nature and rainwater management lens.” states Tim Pringle.
FLASHBACK TO APRIL 2012: Partnership for Water Sustainability released “Primer on Integrated Rainwater and Groundwater Management for Lands on Vancouver Island and Beyond”
“The Primer introduces the issue of the ‘unfunded infrastructure liability’. Viewing the watershed through an asset management lens provides local governments with a driver to require that development practices mimic the Water Balance,” states Craig Wightman.
FLASHBACK TO NOVEMBER 2011: Partnership for Water Sustainability released “Primer on Rainwater Management in an Urban Watershed Context”
“What was a dream in 2002, when the Province released ‘Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for BC’, may now in fact be achievable. We have the tools and experience to ‘design with nature’ in order to soften the ‘water footprint’ of development. Watershed restoration is within our grasp,” stated Peter Law.
FLASHBACK TO NOVEMBER 2011: Partnership for Water Sustainability released “Primer on Urban Watershed Modelling to Inform Local Government Decision Processes”
“For storm sewer systems, the process of establishing an acceptable ‘Level-of-Service’ will require local governments to review, examine, and justify the existing standards and how to transition into the future where costs must be balanced against public needs and expectations,” states Jim Dumont.
FLASHBACK TO JANUARY 2012: British Columbia Partnership announced that rebuilt “Water Balance Model” is now LIVE!
“The rebuilt scenario comparison tool is tailored to multiple levels of users who have a wide range of technical backgrounds, from hydrology experts to stewardship groups. The model now has launch buttons at three scales of investigation,” reports Richard Boase.
Drainage Infrastructure Screening Tool saves money, and makes it easy to assess implications of a changing climate!
“Now, local governments can focus on what is most important AND achieve more at less cost. The Screening Tool provides a quick and inexpensive look into the drainage system performance to highlight any problem areas. Thus it will provide inexpensive input into establishing priorities for capital budgets,” states Jim Dumont.
“Recently, the Partnership made a key decision to create a new front page to the waterbucket.ca website to help strengthen our identity, support forward looking initiatives that tackle some of the most important issues about water sustainability, and to realize exciting new opportunities,” reports Mike Tanner.
Infrastructure Deficit or Infrastructure Liability – Our WORD choice says it all, according to Wally Wells of Asset Management BC
“We incur a deficit when we spend more than we have or OVERSPEND. But our problem with our infrastructure is we spend less than we should or we UNDERSPEND. So we are really creating a negative legacy or Infrastructure LIABILITY. It is not a deficit,” states Wally Wells.