“Protecting stream health is a broader objective than maximizing how much volume can be infiltrated on a particular development. We now have the tools and experience to move from stormwater management to RAINwater management,” stated Corino Salomi.
British Columbia Guidance Documents
Ministry of Community Development Circular informs BC local governments about 'Beyond the Guidebook'
“Beyond the Guidebook supports and/or complements other provincial initiatives that will influence the form and function of the built environment and green infrastructure,” wrote Glen Brown.
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.
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.
"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.”
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.
Develop with Care: Environmental Guidelines for Urban and Rural Land Development in British Columbia
“While its primary purpose is to provide province-wide guidelines, Develop with Care also provides information on ways that environmental protection and stewardship can benefit the community, the property owner and the developer, as well as the natural environment,” stated Marlene Caskey.
“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.
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,
“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.