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Parksville Water Stewardship Symposium

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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JOIN US FOR A WATERSHED MOMENT: Parksville 2019 / Second Annual Vancouver Island Symposium / Water Stewardship / Restorative Development / April 2-3-4 (Announcement #1, November 2018)


The rhythms of water are changing in British Columbia. What happens on the land in the creekshed does matter to streams – thus, the time has come to reconnect hydrology and ecology! Yes, communities can decrease their destructive footprint while increasing their restoration footprint. “A decade of effort on Vancouver Island, by partnerships of local governments and community stewards, is demonstrating success on the ground where it matters,” stated John Finnie. “Parksville 2019 will celebrate success stories are that characterized by three attributes: commitment, collaboration and the ‘hard work of hope’.”

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JOIN US FOR A WATERSHED MOMENT AT “PARKSVILLE 2019”: British Columbia’s Professional Governance Act in combination with a vision for ‘restorative land development’ set the stage for 2nd Annual Vancouver Island Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate


“One major aspect of the Professional Reliance Review was to examine professional governance issues in the natural resource sector, involving the regulation by professional associations of agrologists, biologists, engineers, geoscientists, foresters and applied science technicians and technologists,” stated Mark Haddock.”My review also examined natural resource regulations and how they incorporate and rely on professionals external to government, who are usually employees or consultants to those carrying out resource development activities or activities that are regulated because they affect the environment.”

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JOIN US FOR A WATERSHED MOMENT AT THE ‘PARKSVILLE 2019 SYMPOSIUM’: Cross-border collaboration expands our horizons and connects us with a larger body of experience!


The program design for the Parksville 2019 Symposium builds on a large body of collaborative work undertaken over decades in British Columbia and Washington State. When creekshed protection policies and practices are based on an understanding of WHY and HOW hydrology is the engine that powers ecological services, then they would be effective in achieving desired outcomes. Parksville 2018 will celebrate local government initiatives that are ‘getting it right’. Follow the leaders!

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