Rainwater Management in a Watershed Context – What’s the Goal?

“The approach we have taken in British Columbia differs from that of the United States EPA due to the nature of the root problems being solved. The critical issue in British Columbia is the damage and loss of habitat caused by development and erosion of the headwater streams,” states Jim Dumont.

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Sustainable Rainwater Management in British Columbia: Mimic the Water Balance and Protect Stream Health!

“Elected representatives on the Utilities Committee learned that the Water Balance Model is a tool available to Metro Vancouver’s (municipal) members so that they will be able to more effectively and efficiently fulfil their rainwater and stormwater management actions under our region’s IntegratedLiquid Waste and Resource Management Plan,” stated Mayor Darrell Mussatto.

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‘Water Balance Model Express for Landowners’ previewed at workshop hosted by Regional District of Nanaimo

“An increasing building footprint on properties is short-circuiting the WATER BALANCE. This creates risks for local government, both financial and environmental. If we want to make change, then we have to find a way to influence landowners to look at their properties differently,” stated Richard Boase. “Stream health depends on ALL properties in a watershed. If everyone reduces their ‘water footprint’, we can then protect stream health.”

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Sustainable Rainwater Management in the District of Sooke: What Does It Look Like?

“The District of Sooke has exceeded provincial requirements for liquid waste management and created a rainwater management plan that makes protecting water quality a guiding principle in land use decisions,” states Laura Byrne. “Because our rainwater management plan is outcome-oriented, it has stayed true to Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia.”

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From Pilot Projects to a Watershed Objectives Approach in the City of Surrey

“Investigation of opportunities for the application of green infrastructure objectives is now expected in all the City’s land use plans. Furthermore, Integrated Stormwater Management Plans (ISMPs) will provide the basis for implementing green infrastructure objectives to support a design with nature approach on a watershed scale,” stated Paul Ham.

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