BACKGROUNDER SERIES ON SUSTAINABLE WATERSHED SYSTEMS: Stormwater Impacts Communities and Creeks-What Can Streamkeepers Do? (released in March 2017)
Note to Reader:
In March 2017, the 2nd annual North Vancouver workshop organized by the North Shore Streamkeepers attracted participants from communities throughout the Metro Vancouver region, and on a Saturday afternoon!
To support the workshop organizers, the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC prepared a downloadable document that served both as a workshop handout and a legacy resource. It provides context for the workshop and watershed-based action.
What Happens on the Land Does Matter!
The North Shore municipalities in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia are mountainside communities. They are defined by the wilderness at the top, the water at the bottom, and the creek channels that connect the two.
The stewardship history and ethic are embedded in the community fabric. The rainwater lens is integral to the form and character of land development because stream health matters.
The North Shore landscape is being transformed by redevelopment as the older housing stock is replaced.
On March 18th 2017, the North Shore Streamkeepers group hosted a workshop for community leaders and groups from North Vancouver and from around the Metro Vancouver region.
The workshop informed participants about Sustainable Watershed Systems: Primer on Application of Ecosystem-based Understanding in the Georgia Basin.
Informed stream stewardship volunteers can spur local government decision-makers to capitalize on (and not miss) opportunities to implement whole-system, water balance practices.