Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia

Integrated Strategy
Founded on British Columbia case study experience, and published by the BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection in 2002, Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia 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 is structured to meet the information needs of different audiences.

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Template for Integrated Stormwater Management Planning 2005

Integrated Rainwater Mgmt Planning
In British Columbia, the term Integrated Stormwater Management Planning (ISMP) has gained widespread acceptance by local governments and the environmental agencies to describe a comprehensive, ecosystem-based approach to rainwater management. In the Greater Vancouver region, one of the primary results of a co-ordinated approach has been the creation of a template for ISMPs, which are watershed- specific, flexible and adaptive strategies.

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Rainwater Management in British Columbia: Performance Target Methodology at heart of Provincial Guidebook

“The widespread changes in thinking about rainwater runoff impacts that began in the late 1990s reflected new insights in two areas: hydrology; and aquatic ecology. These new insights were the result of improved understanding of the causes-and-effects of changes in hydrology brought about by urban development, and the consequences for aquatic ecology,” explains Peter Law.

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Department of Fisheries & Oceans Embraces Water Balance Model

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is one of three federal agencies that is a Water Balance Model partner. Use of this web-based decision support and scenario modeling tool will enable development project proponents to show how they can achieve stream protection objectives.

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