Louise Towell is a founder of the award-winning Stream of Dreams Murals Society that delivers a watershed education and community art program nationwide. With her persistence and dedication, Louise forged a partnership among streamkeepers, various City of Burnaby departments, local schools, firefighters and developers.
Metro Vancouver Region
“Thousands of dedicated streamkeepers across British Columbia put in tens of thousands of volunteer hours every year caring for local creeks, rivers and watersheds,” states states Paul Cipywnyk.
Rainwater Management at BCIT: Collaboration with Local Governments Introduces Engineering Students to 'Designing with Nature'
“Students have been given a project to develop a rainwater management plan for the BCIT Burnaby campus, with the goal of utilizing rainwater as a beneficial resource. More emphasis on natural landscapes featuring better use of soils and vegetation can help improve watershed health,” states Colleen Chan.
“Rain gardens have been included in bus bulges on Lonsdale to minimize the impact of the built environment on the City’s small streams. But this is just part of the picture. These bus bulges help to contribute to the social, economic and environmental aspects of the sustainability of the City ,” states Tony Barber.
From Pipe Dreams to Healthy Streams: An Integrated Stormwater Management Plan for Still Creek Watershed
“Metro Vancouver will continue to work with the member municipalities to complete the remaining actions. Vancouver and Burnaby are implementing the actions that are specific to each municipality and continue to collaborate with Metro Vancouver on the joint action items,” stated Ed von Euw.
A road rehabilitation project provided District staff with the opportunity to do something different with two existing storm drain inlets.
How the Tree Canopy Protects Urban Stream Health: "The right trees in the right places intercept rainfall", says IGP Co-Chair Richard Boase
“One of our research interests was to determine the effectiveness of a single tree versus that for a cluster of trees. We explored and quantified the variables influencing the interception process. We also investigated the effects of tree density, tree structure and tree species on rainfall interception,” explains the Richard Boase.
“The District is exploring how we will align our local actions with the provincial and regional policy framework for water sustainability in general, and rainwater management in particular,” states Rodney Stott.
According to Remi Dube, a key message about the Morgan Heights development is that the developer is holding securities for landscaping and sediment control; and that money is not released until after the houses are built.
“On the matter of implementing on-site rainfall capture, there is a fundamental difference between Surrey and other Metro Vancouver municipalities,” states Remi Dubé. “Surrey has moved beyond pilot projects; we are moving to a broader watershed objectives approach to capturing rain where it falls to protect our streams.”