BEYOND THE GUIDEBOOK PRIMER SERIES: “Released in 2002, the Stormwater Planning Guidebook was the catalyst that resulted in British Columbia being recognized internationally as a leader in implementing a natural systems approach to rainwater management,” stated Kim Stephens, principal author of the Guidebook

Note to Reader:

The “Beyond the Guidebook Primer Series” supports implementation of targets and actions listed in Living Water Smart: British Columbia’s Water PlanThe foundation document for the series is Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia, released in 2002.

The goal in producing the “Beyond the Guidebook Primer Series” is to facilitate inter-regional collaboration, such that sharing and cross-fertilization of experience and understanding helps all local governments go farther, more efficiently and effectively.

Commencing in 2011, the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia has released six guidance documents in the Beyond the Guidebook Primer Series. The article below provides the regulatory context for the series. Scroll down to download copies.

Regulatory Context for Rainwater Management in British Columbia

The Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC is collaborating with the Province to deliver elements of the Living Water Smart and Green Communities Initiatives. The vehicle for this collaboration is the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia, with a particular focus on the Beyond the Guidebook initiative,” states Kim Stephens, Partnership Executive Director. Commencing in 2003, he has been responsible for development and delivery of the Action Plan.

Land and Water: Stewardship Vision

“The 45 actions and targets in Living Water Smart establish expectations vis-à-vis how land will be developed (or redeveloped) and water will be used,” continues Kim Stephens.

“The Green Communities Initiative complements Living Water Smart and comprises plans, strategies and enabling tools to achieve the land and water stewardship vision. Together, the two initiatives represent a call to action:

  • prepare communities for a changing climate
  • choose to live water smart
  • strive to build greener communities
  • protect stream and watershed health

“The Water Sustainability Action Plan for BC is embedded within Living Water Smart. In turn, the Action Plan is the umbrella for the Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative for ‘Rainwater Management in a Watershed Sustainability Context’ (i.e. “the IREI”). The principles guiding the IREI are applicable province-wide.”

Beyond the Guidebook:

“At the heart of the IREI is ‘Beyond the Guidebook’, an ongoing initiative to provide local governments and practitioners with tools, resources and understanding to integrate the Site with the Watershed and the Stream,” explains Kim Stephens.

“Since 2007, the Beyond the Guidebook initiative has been building on the technical foundation created a decade ago when the Province and Environment Canada jointly released Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia. The Beyond the Guidebook Primer Series is adding depth to Living Water Smart.”

The Goal: Mimic the Water Balance

“The IREI focus is on actions related to land use and watershed health. The goal is to mimic the Water Balance, with emphasis on the ‘how-to’ details of integration and implementation.”

“A core premise underpinning the IREI is that – once informed – participating local governments will choose to reduce risk, improve watershed health, and comply with regulatory requirements and/or objectives for managing rainfall.”

Beyond the Guidebook Primer Series

To date, the Partnership has released six guidance documents in the Beyond the Guidebook Primer Series. The first two Primers were released in November 2011 as part of the curriculum for the Course on the ‘ISMP Course Correction‘, co-hosted by the Partnership and the City of Surrey.

List of Primers

To download copies, click on the links below:

The core concepts presented in these companion documents provide an educational foundation for rainwater management in a watershed context.

To download a summary flyer, click on Beyond the Guidebook Primer Series.

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