Rainwater Management Community-of-Interest:
The dropdowns comprise a Table of Contents for the Rainwater Management Community-of-Interest under these four themes – Context, Planning, Design, Success Stories and Resources – as shown below.
Why A Community-of-Interest (COI)
The notion of a web-based Community-of-Interest (COI) has been developed to respond to the needs of organizational clusters which evolve to discuss and communicate ideas around a specific issue. The WaterBucket Website comprises a set of COIs that encompass each element of fhe Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia.
Each COI is a self-managing website that provides easy access to a variety of information modules developed within the COI structure. This dynamic information source is developed on a collaborative, non-proprietary platform that allows emerging communities to leverage the investment of existing partners and use communication and web development resources effectively.
To enable users to customize their home pages by means of direct links, the WaterBucket Website resides on an RSS (Real Simple Syndication) platform. In other words, content can be provided by a live feed so that users will receive fresh information with each visit. This capability will enable users to take control of the flow of information, and add new layers of personalization and social sharing.
The Rainwater Management COI was created in 2005 to serve as an information-sharing vehicle for the Stormwater Interagency Liaison Group (SILG) , a technical committee of the Metro Vancouver Regional District that includes provincial and federal representation. SILG serves as a content advisory committee.
The COI also serves as the primary communication vehicle for the Inter-Governmental Partnership (IGP) that developed and maintains the Water Balance Model for British Columbia. The IGP began as a sub-group of SILG in 2002 and quickly transformed itself into a provincial group with representation from four regions of the province. As an editorial board, the IGP acts on behalf of SILG in providing editorial direction and/or oversight for the COI.
In addition, the COI serves as the communication vehicle for the Vancouver Island Coordinating Team, which was formed in 2006 to facilitate a consistent, science-based approach to rainwater management on Vancouver Island.
Vision for the COI as a 'Rainwater Management Magazine'
The WaterBucket Website is designed in a magazine style to appeal to specific target audiences, such that:
- the menu dropdowns within each COI create the 'storyline' and supporting themes, so that users will keep coming back.
- The magazine part of the website is complemented by a database comprising web-accessible resources that are catalogued in accordance with a Controlled Subject Index that is common to all COIs.
Over time, it is envisioned that the individual dropdowns could evolve into 'second-level COIs' as they build up a readership that is attracted by stories contributed on a continuiing basis by a network of Context Experts. Examples include Beyond the Guidebook and the Vancouver Island Coordinating Team.
Funding from Greater Vancouver Regional District enabled Rainwater Management COI to Proceed
Stormwater Interagency Liaison Group
The Stormwater Interagency Liaison Group provided funding so that the IGP and the Water Sustainability Committee (WSC) of the British Columbia Water & Waste Association could implement the Rainwater Management Community-of-Interest.
According to Raymond Fung, P.Eng., Past-Chair of the WSC (and Director of Engineering & Transportation for the District of West Vancouver), “We really appreciated that SILG stepped forward to sponsor the Rainwater Management COI. This enabled the waterbucket.ca team to build on what had already been accomplished with the Water Balance Model website, and thereby provide a comprehensive picture of what is taking place in British Columbia. SILG is to be commended for again taking a leadership role.”
Water Balance Approach
“In terms of providing leadership, it was in 2001 that SILG recognized the value of the water balance approach and funded the development of a working model to assess the affordability and feasibility of site design solutions for achieving performance targets”, added Mark Wellman, P.Eng., SILG Coordinator.
“The results of this applied research were incorporated in Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia, published in June 2002. This guidance document, founded on BC case study experience, formalized a science-based understanding to set performance targets for reducing rainwater runoff volumes.”
“In July 2002 the Inter-Governmental Partnership (IGP) was formed to develop the Water Balance Model for British Columbia as an extension of the Guidebook”, continued Ed von Euw, P.Eng., Metro Vancouver Senior Engineer, “The IGP began as a subgroup of SILG and quickly expanded to become a provincial group with municipal representation from four regions: Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan Valley.”
The IGP is now a consortium of 20-plus local, regional, provincial and federal agencies and is co-chaired by the Province (BC Ministry of Agriculture & Lands) and the District of North Vancouver. Its mission is to enable local governments and landowners to make informed land development decisions and meet performance targets for rainwater volume capture and runoff rate control under a variety of land use, soil and climate conditions.
2005 SILG Workshop
The formal kick-off for COI development was a workshop in 2005 involving the SILG membership and the IGP steering committee.
“Now that the Rainwater Management COI is up and running, one of the items that we will be addressing over the coming months is the question of branding vis-à-vis the Water Balance Model. For sure, users will be able to access the WBM directly from the Rainwater Management COI. An option that we will be assessing is whether the Rainwater Management COI will take the place of the BC HomePage on the national WBM portal,” stated Ted van der Gulik, P.Eng., IGP Chair, after the workshop.
In fact, the IGP is uti
lizing both websites. For more information, click on Companion Websites. The IGP has developed the Water Balance Model COI as a companion website to the Rainwater Management COI.
The purpose of the companion Water Balance Model COI is to elaborate on what the user needs to know to understand the basic functionality of this web-based decision support and scenario modelling tool.
Posted August 2005
Most Recent Update: December 2009