Metro Vancouver hosts 2011 Water Balance Model Partners Forum

Water balance model - integrate three scales

Forum Overview

Periodically, the Water Balance Model Partnership holds a WBM Partners Forum. According to Kim Stephens, Executive Director of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia, these gatherings typically serve two purposes:

  • provide an opportunity for local governments to reflect on what has been accomplished through alignment and collaboration; and
  • enable the leadership team to foreshadow where the inter-governmental initiative will lead next.

On April 7, Metro Vancouver will host the 2011 Water Balance Model Partners Forum. It will be conducted as an interactive sharing, learning and consultation session. This event will:

  1. commence the rollout of a new web platform and four new modules (stream erosion, water re-use, climate change, and tree canopy interception);
  2. showcase the vision for a homeowner version, namely the ‘WBM Express’; and
  3. elaborate on how the WBM, a scenario comparison and decision support tool, supports watershed-based planning.

The last ‘WBM Partners Forum’ was held in February 2008. Hosted by the District of North Vancouver, the focus of the 2008 Forum was on the integration of the web-based WBM user interface with the QUALHYMO calculation engine.


To download a copy of the Draft Agenda, click here.

To Learn More:

In the weeks preceding the Forum, the Partnership released a series of articles that foreshadowed the information-transfer that would take place at the Forum. To download copies of the articles, click on the links below.

  1. Water Balance Model Partners Forum will showcase vision for WBM Express for Homeowners
  2. Water Balance Model Partners are charter members of the Partnership for Water Sustainability
  3. Community of Users Inform Platform Conversion for Water Balance Model
  4. Integrated Rainwater Management: Municipalities Can Achieve More With Less

The series and the Forum are part of the continuing rollout of Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia. The purpose of this integrated approach is to provide ‘how to’ guidance for developing outcome-oriented urban watershed plans, with emphasis on a necessary course correction for Integrated Stormwater Management Plans (ISMPs).