“The AMF is meant to be a ‘living document’, adaptively managed itself, and updated as required to reflect advances in stormwater/rainwater management, monitoring techniques, and to build on the accumulated experience of stakeholders in the ISMP process,” states Andjela Knezevic-Stevanovic.
Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative
Inter-Regional Collaboration for Watershed Sustainability: Kim Stephens connects the dots for Metro Vancouver’s Utilities Committee
“A core group of local government champions representing five geographic regions affirmed that it will function as an inter-regional leadership team; and has framed the ultimate outcome of an inter-regional series of working sessions in these terms: ‘Through sharing and learning, ensure that where we are going is indeed the right way’,” stated Kim Stephens.
Towards Watershed Sustainability: City of Surrey experience is informing the ’Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative’
“Once we know what we want our watersheds and neighbourhoods to look like, the next step is to decide what the tools are that will get us there. All of us – regulators, developers or designers – need to understand and care about the goal if we are to create the future that we all want,” states Vincent Lalonde.
Inter-Regional Education Initiative: CRD Workshop marks completion of year-long 'proof of approach' on Vancouver Island
“In 2013, the IREI is moving from ‘proof of approach’ on Vancouver Island to full-scale implementation, including Metro Vancouver and beyond. Inter-regional collaboration will help leverage more with the same resources. Everyone will be able to better deliver on regulatory objectives and compliance,” states Derek Richmond.
Partnership for Water Sustainability launches Inter-Regional Education Initiative on Vancouver Island
“Our emphasis is on the ‘what would it look like’ details of implementation and integration. Inter-regional collaboration will result in alignment and a consistent approach to rainwater management in a watershed sustainability context. This will help everyone to go farther, more efficiently and effectively,” states Tim Pringle.
Partnership for Water Sustainability releases program overview for Inter-Regional Education Initiative
“Collaboration among Vancouver Island local governments, Metro Vancouver, and member municipalities has grown steadily. The initiative provides a framework for consistent application of tools and understanding on both sides of the Georgia Basin. Everyone benefits from sharing information and experiences,” states Kim Stephens.
“I was the Ministry of Environment guy who was actually trying to enforce environmental regulations here on Vancouver Island. It became obvious to me that to go after land development violations, one guilty plea at a time, just was not going to make a difference. We needed another approach,” stated Peter Law.
“Asset management usually commences after something is built. The challenge is to think about what asset management entails BEFORE the asset is built. Cost-avoidance is a driver for this ‘new business as usual’. This paradigm-shift starts with land use and watershed-based planning, to determine what services can be provided affordably,” states Glen Brown.
Partnership for Water Sustainability aligns efforts with Ministry of Environment to help deliver “Living Water Smart”
“The Ministry looks forward to aligning efforts with the Partnership to further advance implementation of the “Beyond the Guidebook” initiative. Inter-regional collaboration is the pathway to a consistent approach to water sustainability and green infrastructure policies and practices up and down the east coast of Vancouver Island,” stated Cairine MacDonald.
"Collaborative initiatives will help Metro Vancouver municipalities better deliver on regulatory compliance," Kim Stephens tells regional elected representatives
“Metro Vancouver’s plan for managing rainwater resources seeks improvement through innovation, using local research and development and adapting successes from elsewhere. We are asking Metro Vancouver to formalize its support for inter-regional collaboration. Then the IREI truly will be the Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Educational Initiative,” states Kim Stephens.