2016 posts

Sustainable Watershed Systems: British Columbia vision for "whole systems approach" to water balance management introduced to Australian audience at national stormwater conference (Aug 2016)

“The Rising to the Challenge conference was a milestone event. Because Australian practitioners are at a fork in their journey, they are looking to learn from BC experience. They are curious about our ‘whole systems’ approach to water balance management,” stated Kim Stephens. “I introduced Australians to three ‘big ideas’ that underpin where we are heading in BC, namely: Primacy of Hydrology, Shifting Baseline Syndrome, and Cathedral Thinking.”

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OP-ED: On Sharing a Vision for “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management” – a statement of collaboration by Kim Stephens & Wally Wells (June 2016)

“The role of Asset Management BC is to ensure consistency of understanding and application of Sustainable Service Delivery methodologies and tools to meet the goals of the provincial policy and regulatory framework. Over time, the program led by the Partnership for Water Sustainability would support implementation of fully integrated Sustainable Service Delivery by providing the technical foundation for Sustainable Watershed Systems,” wrote Wally Wells (photo) and Kim Stephens.

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2016 conference will introduce landscape architects to“Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management”

The goal of the 2016 BC Landscape Architects Conference is to examine the influence water has in all aspects of our lives and landscapes. “It would be valuable to introduce conference attendees to the findings of Beyond the Guidebook 2015 and what is necessary for us as design professionals to contribute to the restoration of watershed health wherever we are practising,” stated Al Neufeld.

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