Stormwater Magazine – Nov/Dec 2011 issue – cover (475p)
The article by Kim Stephens and Jim Dumont is a thoughtful review of the divergent goals of rainwater management in the US and Canada written from a British Columbia perspective.
“The region has committed to protect and restore an interconnected network of habitat and green space, account for ecosystem services, and enhance the connection between people and nature. Over time, the outcome of a landscape-based approach is a new watershed,” stated Kim Stephens.
The program encourages organizations to make a commitment to the environment. Healthy streams, even very small ones, are an asset to the community.
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.
Studies in Salt Lake County, Utah, help determine whether first flush exists in the region and the implications for choosing stormwater treatment systems.
More rational decisions on treatment system selection and design would occur if stormwater engineers adopted a concept long established in other branches of engineering: unit processes and unit operations
The briefing report on Multi-Functional Urban Green Infrastructure is aimed at policy-makers and practitioners and discusses the drivers and barriers to increasing green infrastructure provision in towns and cities.
Stomwater Treatment by Dr. Gary Minton – cover (198×270)
The distinction between the “engineered filter” and “nature’s filter” has blurred. The underdrain system is soil rather than pipes. The filter media is the native soil. But it is becoming more common to specify engineered media.
Local government action and support are resulting in a continuous increase of the number of LID projects which mimic natural rainwater processes such as infiltration.
John Slater MLA (120p)
Living Water Smart sets the direction for changes to use of water and development of land. One-third of the 45 actions in Living Water Smart either require legislative change or would be strengthened with changes to water laws.