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Look At Rainfall Differently

Towards a Watershed Health Legacy in the Georgia Basin: Five regional districts collaborate to “Integrate Natural Systems Thinking Into Asset Management”


“The initiative is a unique format for Georgia Basin local governments to learn from each other by sharing approaches and successes in managing our water resources. The program will integrate natural systems and climate change thinking into asset management, as well as demonstrate how local governments can progress along the ‘asset management continuum’ to achieve the goal of sustainable service delivery for watershed systems,” stated Brian Carruthers.

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Application of "Whole Systems Approach" – Watershed protection starts with an understanding of how water gets to a stream….


“When the watershed goal is protection of aquatic resources, two decades ago Richard Horner and Chris May proved that it is necessary to first mitigate ‘changes in hydrology’ – that is, changes in how rainwater reaches streams. The Water Balance Methodology addresses flow path differences, and leads to solutions that would maintain watershed health,” states Richard Boase.

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Historical Importance of SmartStorm Forums (1999-2001): Series was the Catalyst for Looking at Rainfall Differently in British Columbia


A goal was to advance implementation of an integrated and balanced approach to land use. “To change the way people think and do, we defined smart development as protecting property and sustaining natural systems in a cost-effective manner. We made it clear that RAINwater management is at the heart of smart development,” stated Barry Janyk, Mayor of the Town of Gibsons (1999-2011).

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'Climate Change Resilient, Floodwater Smart’ Stewardship: Convening for Action in Vermont


“The goal of the 2015 Leahy Environmental Summit is to inspire multi­-organizational, regional teams to produce or further develop specific projects, programs, and plans that engage an enthusiastic community to address social and structural resiliency for flooding and stormwater issues related to climate change. Given the energy in the room, it is clear that we achieved that goal,” stated Phelan Fretz.

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Towards a Watershed Health Legacy in British Columbia: A Description of the Plan for Inter-Regional Collaboration through 2017


“It has been very interesting seeing the different approaches that the five regional governments are taking towards monitoring and assessing the health of our watersheds,” comments Jody Watson. “Through this series of inter-regional gatherings, we have shared our successes and challenges in evaluating watershed health, learned valuable lessons from each other, and have made fantastic contacts with like-minded people doing similar work in other regions.”

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Cascading Objectives for Watershed Health, Resilient Rainwater Management and Sustainable Service Delivery in British Columbia


“The Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative is designed to help local government champions integrate natural systems thinking and adaptation to a changing climate into asset management. A desired outcome is healthy streams and watersheds. So, implement ‘Design With Nature’ standards of practice for development and infrastructure servicing. Protect and restore stream corridors and fish habitat,” stated Peter Law.

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Leading Change in BC: 10 years ago, the late Don Moore showcased a vision for green infrastructure at the “Let It Rain Conference”


“A new community is emerging in northeast Coquitlam at Burke Mountain. A key feature of planned development at Burke Mountain is a low impact, ‘natural systems approach’ to rainwater management. This approach will strive to preserve the natural water balance. In simple terms this means designing to get stormwater into the ground and to keep it out of the pipes,” stated Don Moore.

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FLASHBACK TO 2004: Sustainable Community Design: A New Approach to Rainwater Management (an article published by Innovation Magazine)


“BC stormwater criteria and tools are receiving increasing recognition across North America because of their unique emphasis on solving both flooding and environmental problems at the source. This rethinking of traditional approaches to urban hydrology is helping to achieve higher levels of stream protection by integrating land use planning with volume-based strategies,” wrote Kim Stephens in 2004.

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Voodoo Hydrology: Andy Reese shares his experience and wisdom in an Annual Webinar Series


For years practitioners have relied upon common urban stormwater hydrologic design methodologies and trusted their results. But, should they? Join returning speaker Andy Reese as he exposes the black box of urban hydrology. In this webinar, Andy (with his normal humor) “lays bare” the popular urban stormwater methodologies, as well as their key elements, assumptions, most common misuses, and proper application.

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FLASHBACK TO 2007: Canadian Water Network funded a 'Knowledge Translation Strategy' led by Dr. Hans Schreier


“Innovative approaches are needed in order to mitigate the risk of flooding, pollution, and aquatic ecosystem degradation, and enhance beneficial uses of urban waters. To examine such approaches, a series of three regional conferences on innovative rainwater and stormwater management were held in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto during 2007 to 2008,” stated Dr. Hans Schreier.

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