Rainwater Management: An Introduction to the Guidebook for British Columbia

The purpose of this document is to provide the reader with a broad-brush picture of “Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia”, published in 2002. The emphasis is on core concepts. The desired outcome is that readers will be interested to learn more by delving into the Guidebook. Founded on British Columbia case study experience, the Guidebook formalized a science-based understanding to set performance targets for reducing rainwater runoff volumes and rates. These targets represent the synthesis of biological and hydrological understanding. The Guidebook was a direct outcome of the SmartStorm Forum Series during the period 1998 through 2001. In turn, the Guidebook set in motion a chain of outcomes that has resulted in British Columbia being recognized internationally as a leader in implementing a natural systems approach to rainwater management in the urban environment. The Guidebook begat the web-based Water Balance Model for British Columbia in 2003, which provided early credibility for the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia , and also led to the formation of the Green Infrastructure Partnership in 2003.

Author Inter-Governmental Partnership

Publisher Inter-Governmental Partnership

Guide Book – 8 pages

Date June 2008