FLASHBACK TO 2008: “In speaking to the land development versus watershed protection compatibility challenge, the key message in the presentation by Kim Stephens was that what we believed to be ‘unachievable’ in 1998 may in fact now be within our grasp,” stated Marie Savage, Executive Coordinator with UDI Victoria, and organizer of the UDI learning lunch series
“Urban land use has been degrading the natural environment for more than 100 years. Sit on that for a while. 100 years, perhaps more. Holy smokes. So what’s all this talk about developers and builders, the ultimate urban land users, protecting watersheds? It’s true. Developers who increase the amount of pervious surfaces on their sites keep rain on-site, delay runoff, and reduce flooding. City planners and engineers love this,” stated Marie Savage.