The University of British Columbia (UBC) is the lead organization for a national initiative that is intended to facilitate a paradigm-shift from a single-function stormwater management to a multi-objective rainwater management way-of-thinking. The objective is to create a national network of experts that collaborate and share their experiences. To make things happen, earlier this year the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC received a grant from the Canadian Water Network to promote a 'knowledge translation strategy'.
Nature's Revenue Streams (NRS) is a 3-year public-private pilot project, based in Saanich BC, that will link rainwater infrastructure to the restoration of stream and watershed function. The project will show how urban development can be used as an opportunity to improve watershed and stream health, build/restore aquatic habitat and reduce infrastructure costs for developers and the municipality while also addressing rainwater runoff.