“The genesis for ISMPs was a desire to integrate the community, engineering, planning and environmental perspectives. Local governments knew they had to do business differently to protect or restore watershed health,” states Robert Hicks.
British Columbia Guidance Documents
“In integrating actions at four scales, the intended purpose of an ISMP is to provide a clear picture of how local governments can be proactive in applying land use planning tools to protect property and aquatic habitat, while at the same time accommodating land development and population growth,” states Peter Law.
Story #2 in the ISMP Course Correction Series: Capitalize on Green Infrastructure Opportunities to 'Design with Nature'
“Story #2 explains why ‘designing with nature’ is key to climate change adaptation; identifies what municipalities will need to do to protect or restore stream health; and introduces principles upon which a Regional Team Approach to green infrastructure implementation is founded,” states Ted van der Gulik.
Story #3 in the ISMP Course Correction Series: Apply a Knowledge-Based Approach to Focus on Solutions and Outcomes
“The Bowker Creek Initiative in the Capital Region, Surrey’s watershed objectives approach, and the District of North Vancouver’s vision for watershed landscape restoration are showcased. These three are demonstrating how to implement a new way of doing business, one that is founded on aligning efforts and collaborating as a team,” states John McMahon.
Story #4 in the ISMP Course Correction Series: Move to a Levels-of-Protection Approach to Sustainable Service Delivery
“What level does a community wish to provide, and what level can it afford? Establish the level-of-service that is sustainable to protect watershed health, and then work backwards to determine how to achieve that level of protection,” states Glen Brown.
Story #5 in the ISMP Course Correction Series: Apply Inexpensive Screening Tools and 'Do More with Less'
“So the key message is that there is no one way for ISMP/watershed approaches; rather, it is a matter of looking at what is needed in each watershed and community, and then basing the approach on those needs,” stated Carrie Baron.
“The region has committed to protect and restore an interconnected network of habitat and green space, account for ecosystem services, and enhance the connection between people and nature. Over time, the outcome of a landscape-based approach is a new watershed,” stated Kim Stephens.
"ISMP Course Correction” will help Metro Vancouver municipalities fulfil regulatory commitments and “achieve more with less”
“The experience and wisdom of local government champions who have developed precedent-setting watershed plans will provide the curriculum backbone for a 2-day course. This will go a long way towards ensuring alignment with the Province’s Living Water Smart and Green Communities initiatives,” stated Kim Stephens.
Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Water Sustainability Action Plan releases the "ISMP Course Correction Series"
“An ISMP is a potentially powerful tool to achieve a vision for ‘green’ development, one that protects stream health, fish habitat and fish; and anticipates climate change. Local governments now have a decade of experience from which to extract lessons learned,” states Kim Stephens.
Okanagan Rain to Resource Workshop: Ted van der Gulik presents the storyline for "Beyond the Guidebook 2010"
“Beyond the Guidebook 2010 demonstrates that the practitioner culture is changing as an outcome of collaboration, partnerships and alignment; and provides local governments with 'how to' guidance for developing outcome-oriented urban watershed plans,” states Ted van der Gulik. “The Guidebook recognized that water volume is something over which local government has control through its infrastructure policies, practices and standards.”