“I didn’t want to go into a community and tell them that I’m putting a wetland in their backyard. That wouldn’t fly. But everyone understands what a sponge does, even if they don’t understand green infrastructure or phytoremediation,” said Susannah Drake. “During the heaviest rainfall, the park will at least cleanse and filter water before it flows into the canal.”
Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Time-Line for Comox Valley shows how "regional team approach" has evolved over past decade
“Adoption of the regional strategies has resulted in much for municipal staffs to absorb and digest about doing business differently, while at the same time they are tasked with keeping the wheels of government rolling to meet ongoing commitments,” stated Kevin Lagan. “The Comox Valley-CAVI Regional Team convenes for action around this paradigm: Water is the finite resource; however, management of development is the control.”
Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Time-Line for Cowichan Region provides context for evolution of "Mimic the Water Balance" approach
“Within the Cowichan Valley Regional District, there are five local government jurisdictions; and the same group of developers and development consultants have projects in all or most of those jurisdictions. It therefore becomes essential that developers and their consultants hear a consistent message regarding rainwater management and green infrastructure expectations when doing business at the front counters in each of those jurisdictions,” stated Peter Nilsen.
Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Time-Line highlights milestones for "watershed-based approach" in Nanaimo Region
“A growing population combined with known negative impacts created the need to tackle issues of groundwater depletion, stream degradation, surface water contamination and the changes climate change will bring. Land use planning and development standards cannot be effectively modified without a clear understanding of our water resources, where they are changing and why,” states Mike Donnelly.
Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Time-Line identifies milestones in evolution of Capital Region's "watershed-based approach"
“Moving to a watershed-focused program allows the Capital Regional District to support the core area municipalities with new strategies for environmental protection, including an increased focus on dealing with watershed stressors near the source rather than at the municipal infrastructure or receiving environment level. Additionally, the strategy supports municipal efforts in watersheds that cross municipal boundaries,” wrote Glenn Harris.
Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Time-Line looks at Metro Vancouver milestones through the "convening for action" lens
“Green infrastructure practices have moved from pilot project to neighbourhood and watershed scale approaches. I believe that, in some substantive way, our Green Infrastructure Partnership efforts a decade ago advanced the cause of sustainable development and moved the state of-the-art of green infrastructure to a more mainstream level,” stated Paul Ham, Past-Chair (2005-2008).
“We all learn from stories and the most compelling ones are based on the experiences of those who are leading in their communities,” states Kim Stephens. “By telling the stories of those who are spearheading changes in practice, this helps other local governments eliminate the ‘disconnect between information and implementation’ that may otherwise hold them back. The champions are collaborating across regions.”
Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Regional district restructuring was the genesis for "The Story of the Comox Valley-CAVI Regional Team"
“The Ministry is moving forward with projects that offer custom solutions to specific regional district circumstances. While these projects are being designed to respond to specific circumstances, they may also serve as useful ‘pilot projects’ with application to other areas of British Columbia,” wrote Ida Chong, Minister of Community Services, in her July 2007 notice of intervention that defined the creation of the Comox Valley Regional District.
“The Cowichan Basin Water Management Plan was developed through a uniquely inclusive consultative process; and provides an umbrella for aligning community development practices policies with emerging practices. The CAVI program can help the Cowichan Valley Regional District and member municipalities add depth to three areas of the Water Management Plan,” stated Tom Anderson.
“In 2008, and as the outcome of a successful referendum, the RDN became the first regional government to create a drinking water and watershed protection service area with taxation authority in an electoral area. This was the culmination of a 6-year effort. In 2012, the service area was expanded to include the municipalities within the regional district and they became active participants in the watershed function,” reports John Finnie.