Ed von Euw (120p)
Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island are learning from each other, and are moving in the same direction.
Look At Rainfall Differently
University of the Fraser Valley: Jim Dumont introduced students to the science behind the Water Balance Model and demonstrated real-world applications for greening the urban environment and protecting stream health (Nov 2009)
“I have been teaching about the water cycle, water balance components and computations. So the students have a good understanding about hydrologic concepts, equations and computations. The best way to quarantee a balance between nature and urban development in the future is by teaching future planners and decision-maker today about cutting edge technology for designing with nature,” stated Dr. Ineke Kalwij. “Jim Dumont demonstrated how to integrate all of the technical things that my students have been shown in class. In his presentation, Jim’s emphasis was on the information and techniques that are important in providing solutions and value to society.”
Philadelphia: Green City, Clean Waters
The plan reimagines the city as an oasis of rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavements, thousands of additional trees, and more. Announced in September 2009, and 12 years in the making, the new plan would 'peel back' the city’s concrete and asphalt and replace them with plants.
Chris Jensen is using sophisticated computer models to assess the ability of various low-impact development strategies to cope with rainwater.
Organized by APEGBC, the workshop was initiated by the City of Kelowna to provide Southern Interior design professionals and others with hands-on training in a computer lab setting.
“We are now facing another sea change in thinking that is reaching’pandemic’ proportions. Recent discussion by stormwater opinion leaders is now pointing to a convergence on what we will call volume-based hydrology (VBH) and movement away from the peak-flow-based version,” writes Andy Reese.
The implementation of mandatory LID in Washington State will pioneer the concept among NPDES permits. The country will watch with interest as the Department of Ecology, permittees, and stakeholders work through the details.
“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,” stated Dale Wall.
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.
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.