Rainwater Capture: Planning

Rainwater Management in British Columbia: Performance Target Methodology at heart of Provincial Guidebook

“The widespread changes in thinking about rainwater runoff impacts that began in the late 1990s reflected new insights in two areas: hydrology; and aquatic ecology. These new insights were the result of improved understanding of the causes-and-effects of changes in hydrology brought about by urban development, and the consequences for aquatic ecology,” explains Peter Law.

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Partnership with University of British Columbia leads to development of ‘Tree Canopy Module’ for Water Balance Model

“For the past three years we have been educating practitioners and others on the importance of soil depth as a rainwater management tool. Looking ahead, implementation of the Tree Canopy Module is the first step in developing a similar science-based understanding regarding the benefits of maintaining a tree canopy in the urban environment,” stated Ted van der Gulik. While considerable research has been undertaken in forest stands in the natural environment, very little has been
done in an urban setting anywhere in North America.

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