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Beyond the Guidebook Initiative

Convening for action at Comox Valley seminar series: "create a picture of the future that we want "


The City of Courtenay was the host municipality for the 2008 Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series. At the third and final seminar in the Series, held in November 2008, Kim Stephens re-capped the first two seminars, reinforced the provincial context for the series, and reviewed the learning outcomes. ”A design with nature approach are re-use of resources are key to climate change adaptation,” he stated in conclusion.

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Beyond the Guidebook: Context for Rainwater Management and Green Infrastructure in BC


Beyond the Guidebook 2007 connects the dots between the water balance methodology and stream health protection. “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.

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"Learning Lunch Seminar Series" promotes consistent provincial approach to rainwater management in BC


“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,” stated Peter Nilsen. 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.”

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Washington State conference showcases British Columbia approach to rainwater management


The pilot for Beyond the Guidebook is the City of Surrey’s Fergus Creek Watershed Plan. The plan is precedent-setting because there will be no large-scale storage ponds. “Rather, rainwater runoff volume will be managed through constructed facilities and the creation of contiguous large-scale greenways that have been integrated into the area’s land use plan”, stated Remi Dube.

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Beyond the Guidebook 2007: Context for Rainwater Management and Green Infrastructure in British Columbia


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”, states Paul Ham,

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'Beyond the Guidebook' Explained: from Stormwater Management to Rainwater Management


“Beyond the Guidebook takes the Guidebook innovation to the next level of evolution, Now that practitioners are becoming comfortable with what ‘rainfall capture’ means in practice, local governments and the development community are in a position to turn their attention to what is an achievable outcome that makes sense and results in a net environmental benefit at the watershed scale,” stated Laura Maclean.

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Making the Connection Between Rainwater Management and Stream Health at the Annual BCWWA Conference


“Beyond the Guidebook will take the Guidebook innovation to the next level of evolution. Now that practitioners are becoming comfortable with what ‘rainfall capture’ means in practice, local governments and the development community are in a position to turn their attention to what is an achievable outcome that makes sense and results in a net environmental benefit,” stated Kim Stephens.

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APEGBC Sponsors Province-Wide Drainage Seminars that Complement "Beyond the Guidebook"


“There is a need for a new approach to hydrologic design. A key message is that a rainfall-based approach does not work effectively. This is why I advocate a runoff-based approach. Duration of discharge is important because it links directly to stream health. The ‘runoff-based approach’ holds the key to assessing environmental impacts in watercourses and the effectiveness of mitigation techniques”, stated Jim Dumont.

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Going Beyond the Guidebook: City of Surrey Showcases Vision for Green Infrastructure on the Ground


In undertaking the Fergus Creek Integrated Stormwater Management Plan, the City of Surrey is pushing the envelope in pioneering the application of innovative approaches that it believes will achieve noticeable benefits over a 50-year planning horizon. The Fergus ISMP “goes beyond the Guidebook” because it is built around a science-based methodology that correlates runoff volume with stream health, reported Paul Ham.

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