Cascading Objectives for Watershed Health, Resilient Rainwater Management and Sustainable Service Delivery in British Columbia


Note to Reader:

Local governments in BC are challenged with the question of how best to move forward with asset management and protection of watershed health in light of two considerations: a changing climate; and community expectations to provide higher levels-of-service at reduced levels-of-cost.

The Winter 2015 issue of the Asset Management BC Newsletter includes an article that describes how the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC is championing “asset management for sustainable service delivery”.

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Integration of Natural Systems Thinking Into Asset Management

The Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC is facilitating an inter-regional collaboration initiative within the Georgia Basin. This program for local governments connects the cascading objectives for Watershed Health, Resilient Rainwater Management, and Sustainable Service Delivery,” explains Peter Law, Partnership Director, and article co-author.

Peter-Law1_120p“The initiative is designed to help local government champions integrate natural systems thinking and adaptation to a changing climate into asset management. A desired outcome is healthy streams and watersheds. So, implement ‘Design With Nature’ standards of practice for development and infrastructure servicing. Protect and restore stream corridors and fish habitat. Provide community-supporting ecosystem goods and services.”

“Released in December 2014, Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery: A BC Framework is a landmark development. Coupled with the new Water Sustainability Act, passed in May 2014, it provides local governments with a fresh impetus to do business differently. The benefits and value of Design With Nature solutions grow over time,” concludes Peter Law.

To Learn More:

To download and read the complete article, click on Watershed Health, Resilient Rainwater Management, and Sustainable Service Delivery: How they are connected?

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