COMMUNITIES IN TRANSITION NEWSLETTER: Capture Rain Where It Falls: Application of the Water Balance Model to 'Design with Nature'



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In a guest column published online by the Communities in Transition Information Resource, Kim Stephens explains why the Water Balance Model for British Columbia is garnering considerable attention as an important ‘decision support tool’ to help improve the way we develop land in British Columbia.

According to Hans Peter Myer, CIT Editor, “Kim Stephens returns to the CIT Information Resource with more news about ‘design with nature’ approaches to community, land development, and water management. One of our editorial team described Kim’s treatment as the best overview she’s come across.”

About Kim Stephens

Kim Stephens is the Program Coordinator for the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia. An engineer-planner whose career focus is on watershed Kim stephens (160p)management and sustainable land development, Kim Stephens has an interdisciplinary master's degree and over 30 years of consulting experience covering the spectrum of water resource and infrastructure engineering issues – from master planning and computer modeling to project design and implementation. He specializes in public policy and integration of perspectives as they relate to urban watershed planning.

To read his column as posted on the Communities in Transition blog, click on Launch of 'new' Water Balance Model earns Award and 300 new Subscribers in 2009.

After you have read the guest column:

To download a PDF version of the column, click on Capture Rain Where It Falls: Application of the Water Balance Model to 'Design with Nature' 

2009 premiers awards - mal title slide (240p)Then click on Premier's Award recognizes the Water Balance Model for its innovation and excellence to view a 2-minute video commissioned by the Premier's office to tell the story of the WBM.

To read a previous guest column by Kim Stephens, click on Learning Lunches: Protecting Stream Health and Building Sustainable Communities. Vancouver Island is the pilot region for a precedent-setting approach to informing and educating those who influence or impact how land is developed and water is used.

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About Communities in Transition

Communities in Transition (CIT) is a signature program of the Real Estate Foundation of BC created to help increase the ability of non-metropolitan communities to address the challenges they face when planning for use and conservation of lands. For information about CIT program goals and funding please go to

If you're new to CIT, go to for background on this Special Program of the Real Estate Foundation of BC.

For more information regarding CIT applications and projects please contact Jen McCaffrey, CIT Coordinator with the Real Estate Foundation of BC at or 604-688-6800 /1-866-912-6800.


Posted March 19, 2009