Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia
Guidance document released by ‘convening for action’ partners in June 2010 at the ‘Dialogue in Nanaimo’
Release of Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia in 2002 was a catalyst for action to implement a ‘design with nature’ approach to rainwater management and green infrastructure.
An Educational Path
“If one goes back 10 years, there was a void of policy and legislation. This led us down an educational path as the logical alternative,” states Glen Brown, Executive Director in the BC Ministry of Community & Rural Development. “We took the Guidebook, which is a document, and we have moved it to implementation. On June 11 at the ‘Dialogue in Nanaimo’, the convening for action partnership released Beyond the Guidebook 2010. This tells our story.”
“There is now clear guidance for aligning local actions with provincial and regional goals to ‘design with nature’; so that British Columbians can create greener communities, live water smart and prepare for climate change.”
“Beyond the Guidebook 2010 provides local governments with ‘how to’ guidance for developing outcome-oriented urban watershed plans,” adds Corino Salomi, Lower Fraser Valley Area Manager with the Department of Fisheries & Oceans. “The Bowker Creek Blueprint in the Capital Region, for example, demonstrates how to establish the vision, set the target and then implement. This is what the Metro Vancouver Reference Panel is also telling us.”
To Learn More:
To access the set of stories posted on the Convening for Action ‘homepage’ that has been established for Beyond the Gudebook 2010 , click here.
Posted June 2010