Their experience covers the continuum from developing provincial policy and tools to implementing actions on the ground.
2014 National Workshop Series
Across Canada Workshop Series on Resilient Rainwater Management: BC’s Partnership for Water Sustainability will showcase three web-based decision tools
“Released in 2008, ‘Living Water Smart, BC’s Water Plan’ identified 45 actions and targets that established expectations as to how land will be developed and water will be used in BC. To make it possible to achieve a number of those targets and actions, the Province led development of a suite of tools. These tools are all web-based and support enhanced approaches to water management,” reports Ted van der Gulik.
Nova Scotia hosts fifth and last in the "Across Canada Workshop Series” on Resilient Rainwater Management (Nov 3)
“Rainwater management and climate change adaptation are topics of high interest for Atlantic communities. They will benefit from knowledge-sharing and insights from experiences on the West Coast. Those experiences include developing tools and solutions that are intended to help BC adapt to a changing climate,” says Jocelyne Rankin.
Quebec hosts fourth in the “Across Canada Workshop Series” on Resilient Rainwater Management (Oct 31)
“In Quebec, guidelines are requirements. Similar to British Columbia practice, the goal of Quebec’s Rainwater Management Guide is to manage all rainfall events, large and small. The design objective is to ‘reproduce the natural condition’. This is equivalent to the approach in BC which is expressed as ‘mimic the natural water balance’. Like BC, we recognize the need to reduce runoff volume by infiltrating rainwater where it falls,” explains Gilles Rivard.
Ottawa Region hosts third in the “Across Canada Workshop Series” on Resilient Rainwater Management (Oct 30)
“Our staff and community partners have an opportunity to learn about potentially different ways to manage stormwater runoff in urbanizing and changing watersheds. This workshop is an accessible means to learn about how British Columbia is attempting to reduce the impact of traditional stormwater management policies and practices; and to learn about the water budget analysis tool that they have developed,” states Don Maciver.
Toronto Region hosts second in the “Across Canada Workshop Series” on Resilient Rainwater Management (Oct 28)
“The Series could be the springboard to an annual convening of those practitioners who are leading change across the country. In ‘convening for action’, it would be about sharing what the champions in each province are doing. Sharing of stories is a powerful way of inspiring others to do things differently. Showcasing the ‘BC story’ supports what we would like to accomplish in the Toronto region,” stated Glenn MacMillan.
Alberta hosts first of five in the "Across Canada Workshop Series" on Resilient Rainwater Management (Oct 23)
“Back in 2004 folks from the Pacific Northwest visited Alberta to talk about their learnings in sustainable stormwater management. Those discussions were part of the early impetus to the formation of the ALIDP – the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership. Ten years later, how has rainwater management evolved in BC? How does it compare to Alberta and the rest of Canada?,” stated Leta van Duin.
“The Across Canada Series will be an opportunity for water resource and infrastructure practitioners to learn about British Columbia’s collaborative and science-based approach to protecting and restoring watershed health. The series met the project’s mandate to showcase viable and cost-effective adaptation solutions that ultimately will be replicated in communities across the country,” stated Dr. Blair Feltmate.
“As a society, Canada must adapt to the new climate reality, and ensure that our cities, communities, infrastructure and buildings are resilient to extreme weather. This is a multi-stakeholder endeavour and we are thankful to the governmental agencies, NGOs and consumers that will participate in these projects. Together we will foster adaptation initiatives that will allow Canadians to better adapt to our changing climate,” said Charles Brindamour.