Dave Briglio – author of Stormwater Magazine articles
In 2007, a 3-part series focused on causes, effects, and remedies leading to the establishment and refinement of administrative procedures, professional trust, proactive approaches, and the elimination of plan implementation obstacles.
The City of Courtenay was the host municipality for the 2008 Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series. At the third and final seminar in the Series, held in November 2008, Kim Stephens re-capped the first two seminars, reinforced the provincial context for the series, and reviewed the learning outcomes. ”A design with nature approach are re-use of resources are key to climate change adaptation,” he stated in conclusion.
Inter-Governmental Partnership announces that integration of Water Balance Model web interface with QUALHYMO hydrologic engine is complete (Dec 2008)
The Inter-Governmental Partnership announced the conclusion of an intensive verification/validation process, and the uploading of an updated Water Balance Model web interface – thereby restoring full functionality of the model. “The longer than anticipated Beta-testing period has had a silver lining in that numerous additional refinements have been incorporated in the web interface,” stated Ted van der Gulik.
United States National Research Council concludes that EPA Stormwater Program Needs a Significant Overhaul
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's stormwater program — which oversees stormwater discharged by cities, industries, and construction activities — needs radical changes if it is to improve the quality of the nation’s waters, says a new report from the National Research Council. It recommends that permits be based on watershed boundaries, and the program focus on the impact of increased water volume rather than chemical pollutants.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency maintains a web page that lists links to published stories on green infrastructure success throughout the United States.
Beyond the Guidebook 2007 connects the dots between the water balance methodology and stream health protection. “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”, stated Paul Ham.
In 2004 the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) in Sonoma County established the WATER Institute (Watershed Advocacy, Training, Education & Research) to promote an understanding of the importance of healthy watersheds to healthy communities. OAEC’s WATER Institute builds upon their many years of regional watershed research, restoration, advocacy, community organizing, and activism.
Rainwater harvesting in the San Francisco region: Brock Dolman fosters "watershed moments" for hundreds
In 2004 the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center in Sonoma County (California) established the WATER Institute (Watershed Advocacy, Training, Education & Research) to promote an understanding of the importance of healthy watersheds to healthy communities.
The Puget Sound Partnership has adopted an Action Agenda to clean up Puget Sound. For the first time, the Action Agenda provides critical data and a strategy for tackling these threats to the waters in and around Puget Sound. Its four cornerstones are driven by the latest available science and are results-oriented.
Brooklyn Creek established a precedent for inter-municipal collaboration to resolve drainage issues in the Comox Valley
“Flooding was caused by undersized culverts and poor grading. Traditional engineering solutions would have resulted in a linear total loss of habitat, would have significantly impacted on private property, and the costs were well beyond the the financial capacity of the Town. Instead, a course of action involving a suite of solutions was chosen. First and most important was a commitment by all jurisdictions to hold the line,” stated Glenn Westendorp.