The purpose of an ISMP is to provide a clear picture of how to be proactive in applying land use planning tools to protect property and aquatic habitat, while at the same time accommodating land development and population growth.
Context for Rainwater Management in British Columbia: “If Climate Change Mitigation is about CARBON, then Climate Change Adaptation is about WATER”
“Designing with nature captures the essence of climate change adaptation. Adaptation is about responding to the changes that will inevitably occur. Adaptation is at the community level and is therefore about collaboration. Rainwater management is at the heart of designing with nature,” stated John Slater.
John Slater (120p) – Parliamentary Secretary for Water
Mitigation and adaptation are both necessary and complementary strategies to cope with the climate change challenge. Green infrastructure enables local governments to prepare for and adapt to climate change.
Rain to Resource Workshop – logo
While designs for such features would vary from the “wet” coast to the dry interior of B.C., the concept is basically the same. Not only do they capture rainwater, they are also more attractive than asphalt or concrete.
Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference in Philadelphia: Green Infrastructure as the Centerpiece of the Urban Water World
Cities are shifting at ambitious scales to green infrastructure because it is viewed as an effective means to mitigate environmental and social impacts. “Water sustainability will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies and practices. How we get there requires a change in mind-set,” states John Finnie.
NYC Green Infrastructure Plan – cover (360p) – October 2010
The advantage of the green infrastructure approach is that it delivers the same degree of water retention as “grey,” but at a much lower price. When coupled with the traditional approach, it will allow the city to reduce sewer overflows into its waterways by 40% by 2030.
Cold water creek with marsh marigolds
Greenseams Program – Wisconsin
The program makes voluntary purchases of undeveloped, privately owned properties in areas expected to have major growth in the next 20 years and open space along streams, shorelines and wetlands.
According to Kevin Lagan, the dramatic change in site characteristics meant rainwater runoff had to be captured to maintain a before development hydrologic regime, if the project was to avoid downstream impacts.
Patrick Condon, author of ‘Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities’, adapts his formula to fit BC’s most populous region
“Right now the Lower Mainland of British Columbia leads any other region in both Canada and the United States in reversing the rush to global climate collapse. It is therefore up to a new generation to coalesce around a common vision for the future — a common vision deeply grounded in the pioneering efforts of the previous generation,” states Patrick Condon.
CRD Headquarters Building
In the Autumn of 2007, the CRD Headquarters Building Phase Two was awarded the Canadian Green Building Council’s prestigious LEED®: Gold designation.