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FLASHBACK TO 2009: “Our goal in constantly improving the Water Balance Model is to serve an ever widening range of user sophistication and problem-solving capabilities," stated Ted van der Gulik when he announced the plan for implementing a $500,000 program over 3 years

“Among the many enhancements that will be implemented over the next three years are capabilities not currently available in commercial software,” stated Ted van der Gulik. “The rapid growth and success of the present second generation model has made it clear that the time has come for the next bold leap forward in the evolution of our web-based tool.”

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Stormwater Management, Low Impact Development, Sustainable Drainage, Green Infrastructure, RAINwater Management…. what is an appropriate term to use?

“The language used by drainage practitioners around the world has been changing. Unfortunately, there does not yet appear to be a common set of definitions or vocabulary, with each region of the English speaking world using different terms. It is important to use descriptions which are linked more closely with the objectives and ideas. Ideally, the right choice of wording will frame the concepts clearly, and provide the terminology with some longevity. Clarity will help with uptake – jargon and anachronism needs to be avoided as they can obscure the objectives and ideas,” stated Robert Hicks.

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RE-DEVELOPMENT CREATES A RESTORATION OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CAPITAL REGION’S BOWKER CREEK: “Like any long-term relationship, effort and commitment are required. Fortunately for Bowker Creek, many individuals and groups have decided to believe in a future where the water is clean, wildlife have a home, floods are controlled, and the creek is an asset to all the neighbourhoods it flows through,” stated Tanis Gower, Bowker Creek Initiative Coordinator

“Bowker Creek is like most urban creeks – it’s in rough shape. Luckily, it also has some advantages. Bowker Creek runs through a densely populated area full of citizens who want more nature, less pollution, and better greenway corridors in their neighbourhoods. They have supported their municipalities – Oak Bay, Saanich and Victoria – to become part of the Bowker Creek Initiative. With re-development comes opportunity for creek restoration or creek day-lighting (opening buried sections),” Tanis Gower wrote.

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Innovation in Rainwater/Stormwater Management in Canada: The Way Forward

A series of three regional conferences on innovative rainwater/stormwater management were held in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto during 2007 to 2008 under the sponsorship of the Canadian Water Network and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation. “An overview of the selected papers indicates that no single innovative measure is adequate under all circumstances, and a multi-barrier approach is deemed to be most effective,” wrote Jiri Marsalek.

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Water-centric development at the University of British Columbia informs Metro Vancouver Reference Panel

In April 2009, the Metro Vancouver Liquid Waste Management Reference Panel toured three projects at the University of British Columbia where innovative green infrastructure approaches and designs have been implemented: Choi Green Building, Sustainability Street, and the South Campus Neighbourhood. “These projects show what can be achieved by implementing water-centric green infrastructure at three scales: site, street and neighbourhood,” explained David Grigg.

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