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Convening for Action in 2019

Drinking Water & Watershed Protection Program for the Regional District of Nanaimo: 10 Year Action Plan Implementation Review identified key accomplishments in Decade #1 and opportunities for Decade #2 (Sept 2018)


A 3rd party review determined that “the work of the program to date has been nothing less than remarkable and highly successful”. That is attributed in large part to the vital partnerships with other agencies, industry and not-for-profit sector, the sustainable funding model in place for the program and the unique and integrated nature of the program. “Looking forward, the Action Plan update in 2019 will serve to build on the foundational work completed and initiated to-date, and chart the course for the next decade of innovative and collaborative watershed protection activities in the region,” states Julie Pisani.

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CROSS-BORDER COLLABORATION WITH CENTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE MODELING AND MANAGEMENT: “British Columbia experience in whole-system, water balance based approaches in the Pacific Northwest adds a critical combination of tools and understanding to the water resources toolbox,” stated Dr. Charles Rowney, Director of Operations


“It is the combination of diverse needs, ideas and solutions that will make the vision for the Center work,” stated Dr. Rowney. “That is one of the reasons we’re so pleased with the agreement just reached with the British Columbia Partnership for Water Sustainability. We have many needs in common, and many ideas to share. The leadership shown by the Partnership has led to a body of knowledge from which others can learn. BC’s Water Balance Model is an outstanding initiative, and I think it is clearly unique in the way it has delivered technology on-line dating back to 2003.”

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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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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


“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,” stated Kim Stephens. “Beyond the Guidebook provides local governments and practitioners with tools, resources and understanding to integrate the Site with the Watershed and the Stream.”

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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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JOIN US AT THE PARKSVILLE 2019 SYMPOSIUM FOR A WATERSHED MOMENT (April 2-3-4): While BC communities may not be able to restore lost biodiversity, they can certainly halt its decline and consciously direct efforts toward a richer future, that is: “make where we live better” (news release, November 2018)


“At the Parksville 2019 Symposium, you will learn how communities can apply science-based understanding to increase their restorative footprint and at the same time decrease their destructive footprint. You will also learn about local government initiatives that are ‘getting it right’ and are moving along pathways that lead to restorative development,” stated Peter Law, President, Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society (MVIHES).

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RESTORATIVE DEVELOPMENT: Local government initiatives on Vancouver Island are “getting it right” / Learn more at Parksville 2019 (Announcement #2, November 2018)


“At the Parksville 2019 Symposium, you will learn how communities can apply science-based understanding to increase their restorative footprint and at the same time decrease their destructive footprint. You will also learn about local government initiatives that are ‘getting it right’ and are moving along pathways that lead to restorative development,” stated Paul Chapman. “The daily symposium themes are Sustainable Stream Restoration and Restorative Land Development, respectively. An evening lecture by Storm Cunningham is the bridge between the two days.”

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