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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.”

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Volume-Based Hydrology explained by Andy Reese

“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.

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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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