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Beyond the Guidebook Initiative

Beyond the Guidebook Initiative: Milestones early in the rollout process (2006 & 2007) provide historical context for evolution of rainwater management practice


The Guidebook’s premise that land development and watershed protection can be compatible represented a radical shift in thinking in 2002. “Through implementation of ‘green infrastructure’ policies and practices, the desired outcome in going Beyond the Guidebook is to apply what we have learned at the site scale over the past five years…so that we can truly protect and/or restore stream health in urban watersheds”, stated Paul Ham in 2007.

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Flashback to 2007: BC's "Beyond the Guidebook Initiative introduced to Vancouver Island audience at Capital Region workshop


“The workshop featured case studies from both sides of the Georgia Basin to facilitate a sharing of experiences. Municipal staff from around the Capital Region were invited, “stated Lehna Malmkvist. “Speakers represented several disciplines and various levels of government staff. We asked Kim Stephens to tie together the ideas from the day by integrating a number of key thoughts, including: where we want to go, where we need to go, and how to get there.”

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Flashback to 2007: BC's "Beyond the Guidebook Initiative" introduced to Washington State audience at cross-border conference


The City of Surrey’s Fergus Creek watershed plan is a pilot for the Beyond the Guidebook initiative. “The science-based analytical methodology that we have validated through the Fergus Creek process now enables the City of Surrey and other local governments to explore the fundamental requirements both explicit and implicit in Federal Fisheries Guidelines for stream health and environmental protection,” explained Remi Dube.

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Flashback to 2007: BC’s “Beyond the Guidebook Initiative” introduced at Annual BCWWA Conference


“We have been able to optimize the designs of mitigation works to both reduce the costs and to increase their effectiveness. In this manner we have gone Beyond the Guidebook in a rational and logical manner to reduce the total system requirements and cost,” stated Jim Dumont. “To accommodate the requirement to maintain stream health, advances in analysis techniques have led to a system that provides a quantitative analysis of both the potential erosion and the availability of aquatic habitat.”

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Flashback to 2007: BC's "Beyond the Guidebook Initiative" unveiled at Water Balance Model Partners Forum hosted by Metro Vancouver


Surrey’s Fergus Creek Watershed Plan is the pilot for Beyond the Guidebook. The plan is based entirely on implementing ‘green solutions’ as an alternative to conventional engineered ‘blue solutions’. “The Fergus Creek plan demonstrates how to protect stream health in the urban environment”, noted David Hislop. “In addition to rainwater capture on individual lots, the strategy for replicating natural infiltration processes includes creation of contiguous large-scale green corridors through the watershed.”

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Flashback to 2006: Branding of “Beyond the Guidebook Initiative” commenced with publication of an article in Innovation Magazine, the voice of BC professional engineers


“We must be driven to investigate the problems and issues that stimulated the preparation of the Guidebook,” wrote Jim Dumont. “We are at a crossroad in the path defining the methodologies and applications used in stormwater management. Whether one realizes it or not, there are two paths to follow. The fundamental difference between the two approaches lies in how rainfall data is used.”

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Flashback to 2006: "Going Beyond the Guidebook" – phrase was coined at the event hosted by the City of Surrey in the Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation Series


“With release of the Guidebook, the Province changed the direction of stormwater management in British Columbia, with an initial goal of capturing rainfall at the site. But that was only the start of the journey,” stated Kim Stephens. “The Guidebook set the stage for what needed to come next. The second paradigm-shift involved getting drainage practitioners thinking about what level of rainwater runoff volume reduction makes sense at the site, catchment and watershed scales.”

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2016 BCIT Guest Lecture Series – introduced a new generation of graduating civil engineers to the "Beyond the Guidebook Continuum"


“The ‘salmon crisis’ throughout the 1990s decade galvanized awareness in BC. In response, governments recognized the need to restore and protect watershed and stream health. This set in motion a chain of actions and events. The ripple effects are reverberating through time,” states Kim Stephens. “We all learn from stories, and the most compelling ones are based on the experience of those who are leading their communities. Beyond the Guidebook 2015 showcases five ‘regional stories’.”

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FLASHBACK TO 2012: Ministry of Environment and Partnership for Water Sustainability aligned efforts to advance the 'Beyond the Guidebook' initiative


“The Ministry looks forward to aligning efforts with the Partnership to further advance implementation of the ‘Beyond the Guidebook’ initiative. Inter-regional collaboration is the pathway to a consistent approach to water sustainability and green infrastructure policies and practices up and down the east coast of Vancouver Island,” stated Cairine MacDonald.

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