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2007

Leading Change in Metro Vancouver: New Directions in Urban Watershed Health


The University of British Columbia is leading a national initiative that is intended to create a network of experts that collaborate and share their experiences. Richard Boase of the District of North Vancouver made a defining presentation titled 'New Directions in Urban Watershed Health'. “A key message is that we were doing better 50 years ago when we did not even think about the need for rainwater capture,” he observed.

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Beyond the Guidebook 2007: Context for Rainwater Management and Green Infrastructure in British Columbia


The Guidebook’s premise that land development and watershed protection can be compatible represented a radical shift in thinking in 2002. “Through implementation of ‘green infrastructure’ policies and practices, the desired outcome in going Beyond the Guidebook is to apply what we have learned at the site scale over the past five years…so that we can truly protect and/or restore stream health in urban watersheds”, states Paul Ham,

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Beyond the Guidebook: Context for Rainwater Management and Green Infrastructure in British Columbia


Beyond the Guidebook – cover (360 pixels)
IGP & GIP, June 2007
“Beyond the Guidebook” is an initiative that builds on the foundation provided by “Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia”. This inter-governmental initiative advances a runoff-based approach and tool – the ‘Water Balance Model powered by QUALHYMO' – to help local governments achieve desired urban stream health and environmental protection outcomes at a watershed scale.

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Adaptive Management Means ‘Learning by Doing’


“Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia, was a pioneer application in North America of ‘adaptive management’ in a rainwater management setting. In the Guidebook, adaptive management means: We change direction when the science leads us to a better way,” stated Kim Stephens. “The goal of adaptive management is to learn from experience and constantly improve land development and rainwater management practices over time.”

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British Columbia Urban Forest Research Project brings 'tree canopy science' to rainwater management


According to Dr. Dan Moore, the project purpose is to provide planners, developers and municipal engineers with the tools and research they need to approach rainwater management in a more integrated and sustainable manner. The project results are showcased on a website that will be maintained by UBC. The website provides a complete inventory of the 60 tree canopy climate stations installed across Vancouver’s North Shore.

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