Louise Towell is a founder of the award-winning Stream of Dreams Murals Society that delivers a watershed education and community art program nationwide. With her persistence and dedication, Louise forged a partnership among streamkeepers, various City of Burnaby departments, local schools, firefighters and developers.
“The genesis for ISMPs was a desire to integrate the community, engineering, planning and environmental perspectives. Local governments knew they had to do business differently to protect or restore watershed health,” states Robert Hicks.
“The consequence of the Department of Ecology's 'flow-duration' standard will be development that will result in exactly the opposite of a healthy watershed,” says Tom Holz.
“In integrating actions at four scales, the intended purpose of an ISMP is to provide a clear picture of how local governments can be proactive in applying land use planning tools to protect property and aquatic habitat, while at the same time accommodating land development and population growth,” states Peter Law.
VIDEO: CIty of Philadelphia sets sights on "the most comprehensive network of green infrastructure" in the United States
Video describes how city will deploy green roofs, absorptive pavement, and expanded park space to clean up Philadelphia’s water, and generally make the city a more pleasant place to live.
“Leave it to a city famous for coffee and rain to produce possibly the best example of transit-oriented urbanism, natural public space, and green stormwater infrastructure I have ever seen. This Seattle redevelopment is green in so many ways that it is hard to know where to start,” writes Kaid Benfield
Story #2 in the ISMP Course Correction Series: Capitalize on Green Infrastructure Opportunities to 'Design with Nature'
“Story #2 explains why ‘designing with nature’ is key to climate change adaptation; identifies what municipalities will need to do to protect or restore stream health; and introduces principles upon which a Regional Team Approach to green infrastructure implementation is founded,” states Ted van der Gulik.
Story #3 in the ISMP Course Correction Series: Apply a Knowledge-Based Approach to Focus on Solutions and Outcomes
“The Bowker Creek Initiative in the Capital Region, Surrey’s watershed objectives approach, and the District of North Vancouver’s vision for watershed landscape restoration are showcased. These three are demonstrating how to implement a new way of doing business, one that is founded on aligning efforts and collaborating as a team,” states John McMahon.
“We are on schedule. Version 2.0 is completed, and we are currently in beta-testing mode,” reports Ted van der Gulik. “While the look-and-feel is essentially unchanged, Version 2.0 is streamlined and cleaner. A big difference is performance: Version 2.0 is so much quicker!”
“What is it that we really want to solve? Where are we driving this? We are trying to come up with a solution. Once we have figured out the solution that we need, we need to come up with tools that do that and no more and no less,” stated Dr. Charles Rowney.