Nineteen Big Ideas Power EAP

19 BIG IDEAS POWER EAP: “The building blocks process of testing, refining and mainstreaming the methodology and metrics yielded 19 foundational concepts which we describe as big ideas,” stated Tim Pringle, EAP Chair

“What gets measured gets managed (or could be). The challenge for local governments is how to determine financial values for a natural asset such as a stream system. The community uses and enjoys these assets and expects local government to include them in asset management plans and budgets. EAP provides an original way to analyze and present data from existing sources as well as field observations. The analytical and quantitative steps are designed to be carried out by local government and collaborators, primarily stream stewards,” stated Tim Pringle.

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OUTCOME OF STAGE 3 EAP MAINSTREAMING PROGRAM: “Now, with EAP as a foundation piece, local governments have a rationale and a metric to do business differently via multiple planning pathways to achieve target-based strategies for systematic restoration of streamside protection zones,” stated Kim Stephens, Executive Director, Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia

“EAP provides the reason for anyone and everyone to ask a fundamental question, why aren’t stream health factors considered and given equal weight to engineering considerations? The community expectation that these assets will be maintained and managed is the impetus for the reason for looking at asset management differently. EAP provides local governments with the philosophy, methodology and metrics they need to make the financial case for stream systems. Maintenance and management (M&M) of stream systems can now be integrated into a Local Government Finance Strategy for sustainable infrastructure funding,” stated Kim Stephens.

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