Beyond the Guidebook 2015 showcases “The Story of Convening for Action in the Capital Region”

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Moving Beyond Stormwater

CRD has been involved since inception of the ‘convening for action’ vision. Together with local governments from north of the Malahat divide, the Capital Regional District (CRD) was represented at the September 2006 launch of the CAVI -Convening for Action on Vancouver Island initiative in Victoria.

The occasion in 2006 was the CAVI consultation workshop held as an adjunct to the Water in the City Conference. This unique conference placed water ‘front and centre’ in community decision-making. The theme for the CAVI launch was Towards Water Sustainability on Vancouver Island.

Vision for Water-Centric Land Development

The conference and 2006 consultation workshop both inspired and seeded ideas that subsequently influenced and/or are now embodied in Capital Region initiatives, in particular the Integrated Watershed Management Implementation Strategy and the pilot Bowker Creek Blueprint. The 2006 workshop introduced this vision

“Land development done on a sustainable water-centric basis which balances how humans manage the full water cycle in harmony with nature”

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Historical Perspective

Dale Green_500p“The program began in 1983 as an engineering response to high levels of fecal coliform on local beaches. In 1993 the program focus turned to chemical contaminants in sediment. A year later (1994), the program added sampling of creeks and streams at municipal borders to determine contaminant contributions. In 2000, the CRD initiated the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan (for 7 municipalities). Two chapters (stormwater quality and harbours environmental action) were the genesis for the current IWM program,” explains Dale Green, CRD Program Manager for Integrated Watershed Management (IWM).

“CRD has undergone a transition, from ‘stormwater-based thinking’ that is narrowly focussed, to ‘watershed-based thinking’ that is holistic in approach. The broadening of scope is reflected in the re-naming of the Stormwater, Harbours and Watersheds Program (SHWP). In 2012, the program became the Integrated Watershed Management Program (IWMP).”

To Learn More:

The Capital Regional District chapter in Beyond the Guidebook 2015 is 20 pages and is organized in five sections as shown below. To download a PDF copy and read the complete story, click on Convening for Action in Capital Region.

To download a copy of the entire 158-page Beyond the Guidebook 2015, click on this link:

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