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Convening for Action in 2019

PARKSVILLE 2019 PROGRAM AT A GLANCE: Make Better Land Use Decisions & Move Towards Restorative Development – join us in the City of Parksville on Vancouver Island for a field day on April 2, followed by a 2-day symposium on April 3-4 (REGISTRATION NOW OPEN)


“The rhythms of water are changing in British Columbia. What happens on the land in the creekshed matters to streams – thus, the time has come to reconnect hydrology and ecology! Join delegates from the east coast of Vancouver Island and beyond, and attend a ‘watershed moment’ in Parksville,” stated John Finnie, Chair, Parksville 2019 Symposium Organizing Committee.

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DOWNLOAD PROGRAM BROCHURE for “Parksville 2019: Second Annual Vancouver Island Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate – Make Better Land Use Decisions & Move Towards Restorative Land Development” (April 2-3-4, 2019)


“Parksville 2019 is a milestone event on a multi-year ‘convening for action’ journey,” stated Kim Stephens. “The process is incremental. Each milestone builds on the last and points the way to the next. We do, we learn, we adapt. The ripple effects of the educational approach play out over time. Hence, the importance of ongoing reinforcement and reiteration of core concepts so that everyone understands the context, the goal, and what is necessary to achieve desired outcomes. Inform, educate and inspire those who are in a position to make a difference.”

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AT PARKSVILLE 2019: Cross-border collaboration connects us with a larger body of experience! – Learn from Dave Derrick, stream restoration innovator, at a workshop on Sustainable Stream Restoration (on April 2) SPACE LIMITED


“Through 150-plus workshops in the last 8 years I have taught over 8,000 individuals the philosophy, methods, and concepts of river design and fluvial geomorphology. Over the course of my career as a research hydraulic engineer with the US Army Corps of Engineers, I have been an educator, facilitator, designer, reviewer, and constructor of almost every type of river and stream stabilization/restoration project imaginable,” stated Dave Derrick.

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AT PARKSVILLE 2019: On April 3, the theme for Day One of the Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate is SUSTAINABLE STREAM RESTORATION >>> “Reconnect hydrology and ecology – because what happens on the land in the creekshed matters to streams!” (REGISTRATION NOW OPEN)


In the 1990s, Dr. Chris May’s seminal research defined the relationship between land use change and stream impacts. To protect and/or or restore stream ecology, and thereby achieve the goal of Sustainable Stream Restoration, communities must address the root causes of ‘changes in hydrology’ (water quantity). Chris May is both an environmental scientist and an engineer. He will open Parksville 2019 with a presentation titled The Science Behind the Whole-System, Water Balance Approach.

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AT PARKSVILLE 2019: On April 4, the theme for Day Two of the Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate is RESTORATIVE LAND DEVELOPMENT >>> “Yes, we can decrease our destructive footprint while at the same time increasing our restorative footprint!” (REGISTRATION NOW OPEN)


In his first book, titled The Restoration Economy (2002), Storm Cunningham included a working definition of restorative development as follows: “the process of adding new value to natural or built assets, ideally in a manner that detracts neither from their other preexisting values, nor from the value of other assets”. His books are meant to launch a new dialogue about the “whole” created by the myriad activities that are already restoring our built and natural environments worldwide.

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REFBC GRANT FOR PARKSVILLE 2019 SYMPOSIUM WILL HELP BUILD COMMUNITY CAPACITY: “Local leadership is key to sustaining healthy watersheds in BC,” stated Jack Wong, CEO, Real Estate Foundation of BC (Announcement, Dec 2018)


“Parksville 2019 is a valuable initiative, and REFBC is pleased to help make it possible,” stated Jack Wong. “We’re particularly interested in the symposium’s focus on the connections between ‘land and water’. By supporting better land use decisions and educating leaders on restorative land development, the Symposium demonstrates leadership and innovation.” Financial support from the REFBC will substantially subsidize the registration for members of the stewardship sector. This would make Parksville 2019 financially accessible to a key audience.

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OUTREACH & AWARENESS RAISING FOR PARKSVILLE 2019 SYMPOSIUM: Update presentation by Kim Stephens on inter-regional collaboration created the opportunity to invite Metro Vancouver elected representatives to attend Parksville 2019 Symposium (Utilities Committee, Sept 2018)


“My presentation to the Utilities Committee alllowed me to make the first outreach announcement about the Parksville 2019 Symposium, even though the Organizing Committee was still in the early stages of program development. So, I decided to be bold and seize the moment in order to plant seeds about the vision for restorative development,” recalls Kim Stephens. “At the end of the day, it is essential to reconnect ecology and hydrology to bring the vision for restorative development to fruition. Only then would restorative development have a lasting beneficial impact.”

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OUTREACH & AWARENESS RAISING FOR PARKSVILLE 2019 SYMPOSIUM: Restorative development relies on an interdisciplinary approach to be successfully implemented; thus, program content for the Parksville 2019 Symposium is relevant to landscape architects (4.0 CE Units for BCSLA members)


“The BC Society of Landscape Architects encourages our Members and Associates to be Life-Long Learners. To maintain the objectives of the Society, the Continuing Education initiative and to strengthen the public’s confidence in the BCSLA, all Registered Landscape Architects, Landscape Architects, Inactive Landscape Architects and Interns are required to annually monitor their Continuing Education activities,” stated Tara Culham, Executive Director.

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OUTREACH & AWARENESS RAISING FOR PARKSVILLE 2019 SYMPOSIUM: Planning Institute of British Columbia deems members are eligible for “10.5 Organized & Structured CPL Units” by attending Parksville 2019 because program aligns with interests of planning profession


A key message for the Parksville 2019 Symposium is that ‘sustainable stream restoration results from restorative land development’. The latter is only achievable through the integrated efforts of planners, engineers, biologists and community volunteers. “The content and discussion is certainly relevant to the planning profession and the program looks really good. We are assigning 10.5 CPL Credits (for a full conference attendance) and 5 CPL Credits per day (if attending only one day),” stated Dave Crossley, PIBC Executive Director.

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Surface Water Quality Trend Analysis in the Regional District of Nanaimo: “The research confirmed the importance of intact riparian corridors and undisturbed forested lands to stream health in the Nanaimo region,” stated the report authors


“Started in 2011, the long-term goal of the Community Watershed Monitoring Network is to identify trends in water quality to assist in regional land use planning and restoration decisions. The sampling is done by trained volunteers from 13 stewardship groups,” stated Julie Pisani. “For the years 2011-2017, statistical modelling of water quality in the summer and fall sampling periods indicated that land use types associated with human disturbance were important predictors of dissolved oxygen, temperature, turbidity and specific conductivity.”

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