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


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Learning from Experience

Co-sponsored by the Inter-Governmental Partnership and the Green Infrastructure Partnership, and released in June 2007, Beyond the Guidebook: Context for Rainwater Management and Green Infrastructure in British Columbia connects the dots between the water balance methodology (that is at the heart of)  Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia and stream health protection.

PaulHam_120p“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 six years…so that we can truly protect and/or restore stream health in urban watersheds,” stated Paul Ham, Chair of the Green Infrastructure Partnership.

To Learn More:

To read the complete story posted in June 2007, click on Inter-Governmental Partnership and Green Infrastructure Partnership release guidance document.

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Milestones in the Rollout Process

The process of rolling out Beyond the Guidebook started in June 2006 with the Showcasing Innovation event hosted by the City of Surrey as part of the Celebrating Green Infrastructure Program.

It continued with the article published in the September-October 2006 issue of Innovation Magazine, the journal of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC).

The third milestone was the Water Balance Model Partners Forum in March 2007, at which time the “runoff-based approach” was formally unveiled.

Following release of the guidance document in June 2007, the next milestone was the Beyond the Guidebook Seminar in November 2007, organized to inform local government and land use practitioners regarding the emerging policy framework.

The fifth milestone was the announcement by the Province at the Gaining Ground Leadership Summit in May 2008 that launched both the “new” Water Balance Model and the Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series.

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