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2016

Leading Change in Metro Vancouver: A focus on Green Infrastructure Services embeds ‘green culture’, spurs innovation, in the Township of Langley


“The Township of Langley is a community of 113,000 of which 75% of the land area is within the Agricultural Land Reserve. This presents a delicate balance between the preservation of agricultural land and the continued pressure for urban development,” stated Councillor Charlie Fox. “It is within this context that the staff and Council champion the theme of harmony and integration as we endeavour to focus on ‘green’ initiatives and programs.”

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Rainwater Management in Australia: "The benefits of source control cannot be understated," stated John Argue, champion for Water Sensitive Urban Design


“The genesis of this approach lies at the point where rainfall strikes an urban environment surface, where it can be captured via rooftop gardens and water tanks under a notion of retaining water as opposed to having it wash away,” says John Argue. “Water which is not captured by these practices can potentially be infiltrated into the soil or be channelled through vegetated bio retention systems or rainwater gardens.”

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“Green City, Clean Waters”: An interview with Philadelphia’s Howard Neukrug about the bold vision for re-imagining the urban landscape


“Instead of expanding our infrastructure, we put together a plan to price, value, reuse, recycle, infiltrate, transpire or otherwise manage, every drop of rainwater we could. We started to invent the millions of ways to reduce the amount of rainwater that arrived at our sewer inlets. The goal was to consider rainwater as a commodity and a resource—if it enters a sewer drain it becomes a costly waste product,” explained Howard Neukrug.

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City of Victoria Stormwater Utility — "We have designed the utility so that it will be one of the most fair and representative stormwater utilities in North America," stated Adam Steele


Over time, the Stormwater Utility provides the City with the capability to foster a watershed stewardship ethic and influence landowner actions on the ground for the common good. “With implementation of our stormwater utility and Rainwater Rewards Program, we have provided a basis to facilitate and grow a change in thinking, so that increased awareness results in action. The program foundation resulted from listening to feedback.”

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Sustainable Watershed Systems: CBC’s Bob McDonald headlines an all-star team of presenters in Kelowna at "FLOWnGROW Workshop" (Nov 2016)


Bob McDonald is loved by radio and TV audiences across Canada for making complex scientific issues understandable, meaningful, and fun. “There is an emerging global sense that protecting fresh water has the potential of being a catalyst for cooperation rather than conflict, a level of cooperation that seeks solutions for the common good and survival,” says Bob McDonald.

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Leadership & Innovation in Victoria: "Creation of the Stormwater Utility and Rainwater Rewards Program is a significant milestone in a journey that leads to a water-resilient future," wrote Kim Stephens in an Op-Ed for Victoria Times-Colonist


“It took generations to short-circuit the water balance in Victoria. Similarly, it would take generations of landowners incorporating rain gardens in redeveloped properties in order to mimic the function of natural systems, and restore the water balance while meeting their drainage needs,” observed Kim Stephens. “The phrase ‘cathedral thinking’ aptly describes the long-term commitment that would be required to achieve the City’s design with nature vision for sustainable rainwater management.”

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ARTICLE: “Unless and until land development practices mimic the natural water balance, communities cannot expect to restore the biological communities within streams," stated Dr. Richard Horner


“Simply put, hydrology hits first and hardest—one could pour an equivalent volume of distilled water into a stream, and the consequences for stream health would be the same as if it was urban runoff,” explained RIchard Horner. “Changes in hydrology, not water quality, must be the primary focus of our efforts. If we get the hydrology right, water quality typically takes care of itself in a residential development.

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FLASHBACK TO 2011: Partnership for Water Sustainability and City of Surrey co-hosted pilot 2-day “Course on the ISMP Course Correction”


“The genesis for ISMPs (Integrated Stormwater Management Plans) was a desire to integrate the community, engineering, planning and environmental perspectives. In 2001, Metro Vancouver’s member municipalities recognized the benefits of this approach and made a legal commitment to the Province to have ISMPs in place by 2014 for their watersheds,” reported Robert Hicks.

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NEWSPAPER OP-ED: Sustainable Watershed Systems: Communities urged to integrate “water balance solutions” into land use decisions (Oct 2016)


“Work needs to be done today to ensure we see a secure water future. Benefits are long-term,” wrote Kim Stephens. “Successful programs that are politically supported would ensure we restore the water balance and have sustainable watershed systems. This approach has the potential to re-set the ecological baseline along the east coast of Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland. Success would be abundant salmon in urban streams.”

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YOUTUBE VIDEO: Flashback to a Watershed Moment — “Beyond the Guidebook Initiative” was subject of inter-ministerial announcement at 2008 Gaining Ground Summit

“We are using the slogan The New Business As Usual to convey the message that, for change to really occur, practices that until now have been viewed as the exception must become the norm moving forward. We have to build regulatory models and develop models of practice and expertise,” stated Dale Wall, Deputy Minister.

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