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Inter-Regional Collaboration: Partnership for Water Sustainability updated members of Cowichan Valley Regional Board in April 2014


“So, why collaboration? Here are the key words – affordable and effective. This is what it is all about. Money is not unlimited,” emphasized Kim Stephens. “So what is the goal of collaboration? We are talking about standards of practice, whether those practices be engineering or planning. They have to be affordable and effective. Where we are trying to get to is a healthy watershed with healthy streams.”

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Inter-Regional Education Initiative: Province hosts "Springboard Session" for 2014 Collaboration Series


Glen Brown explained what his Ministry means when it urges local governments to view watersheds through a Sustainable Service Delivery lens. “This builds on the principles of Asset Management. It is going to be a component, and a requirement, under the next Gas Tax Grant Program. This is where we will find traction in moving Sustainable Service Delivery forward,” he said.

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"Bowker Creek Blueprint is a provincial game-changer," Kim Stephens informs Capital Region elected representatives


“Bowker Creek is provincially significant and precedent-setting. It is also inspirational. In my 40-year career as a professional engineer, there is nothing that equals it. And the reason it is so important is that it gave the rest of us a vision of what can be. The experience of what this region has done is informing others, from Metro Vancouver all the way up to the Comox Valley,” stated Kim Stephens.

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Capital Regional District: Partnership for Water Sustainability updates elected representatives about inter-regional collaboration


“We know the importance of watersheds, not only for producing our own water, but also for sustainability of the environment generally.Speaking as one of the communities involved in the collaborative effort for Bowker, I can attest for the need for collaboration in these kinds of situations; and also the success that can come out of collaborative efforts,” stated Nils Jensen.

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Inter-Regional Education Initiative: Overview of 2014 Work Plan


“The IREI supports implementation of integrated and watershed-based community planning processes on the east coast of Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland. A desired outcome of inter-regional collaboration is accelerated implementation of affordable and effective watershed sustainability and green infrastructure practices,” states Derek Richmond

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IREI: Cowichan Valley Regional District is a leader by example


“The Regional Board is committed to achieving the vision that we share for watershed sustainability in our region. We also appreciate the leadership shown by Kate Miller in guiding the CVRD to the destination. Kate truly is a champion. She is demonstrating how benefits are flowing to this region because we collaborate with other regions,” stated Mayor Rob Hutchins, Chair of the Regional Board.

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IREI: Vision for inter-regional collaboration introduced to Metro Vancouver Regional Planning Advisory Committee in July 2012


“The presentation informed RPAC members regarding the responsibility of individual municipality’s responsibility to mimic the water balance to protect stream health. We learned about inter-regional collaboration opportunities regarding aligned workloads, shared tools and experiences, and leveraged resources. RPAC members supported the initiative,” summarized Susan Haid.

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