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2008

LIVING WATER SMART IN THE COWICHAN VALLEY: Changing the way British Columbians do business around water in the Cowichan Valley


The Cowichan Valley Regional District hosted the first of the Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Series in Summer 2008. At Seminar #2, Kate Miller used the “elephant in the room analogy” to capture audience attention vis-a-vis the implications of Living Water Smart for rainwater management. “There is an elephant in our room right now…which is around how do we deal with rainwater management…how do we deal with the larger policy issues…what’s the objective,” stated Kate Miller.

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LIVING WATER SMART IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: Opportunities for Law and Policy to Effect Changes on the Ground


At the second seminar in the the 2008 Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series, Susan Rutherford of West Coast Environmental Law employed a question-and-answer format to illustrate opportunities and scales for law and policy to effect change, thereby suppoprting and achieving the Living Water Smart vision. “Kevin Lagan and Derek Richmond of the City of Courtenay provided me with some questions that are at the forefront of their minds. I morphed what they gave me into generic questions,” stated Susan Rutherford.

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Cowichan Water Balance Model Forum introduces “Living Water Smart” application to development community


“The Forum was an outcome of the Cowichan Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series, also a provincial pilot,” explained Kate Miller. “We described the Forum as a hybrid-training workshop because the day was built around case study applications of the Water Balance Model. These provided the technical foundation for roundtable sharing, exploration and cross-fertilization of ideas on how to implement green infrastructure effectively.”

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Water Sustainability Action Plan adds depth to Living Water Smart initiative in British Columbia – “Inter-connected program elements give local governments and practitioners the tools and experience to better manage land and water resources,” stated Glen Brown


“The Convening for Action vision is that water sustainability in British Columbia will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies, practices and standards. Through regional initiatives such as CAVI, which is the acronym for Convening for Action on Vancouver Island, the Water Sustainability Action Plan is adding considerable depth to Living Water Smart. In 2008, CAVI undertook the Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series as a provincial pilot,” stated Glen Brown.

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British Columbia Real Estate Association endorses “Living Water Smart”


“Living Water Smart provides leadership that will help improve the way we build and protect communities, use our water resources and sustain our quality of life,” stated Scott Veitch, Living Water Smart is a blueprint for cultural, environmental, industrial, community and agricultural change that will help safeguard the province’s water resources into the future. The plan commits to new actions and builds on existing efforts to protect and keep B.C.’s water healthy and secure.

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“The Case for Selling Our Water” – second of two excerpts from new book by Chris Wood


Atlanta’s drought, California’s fires, Mexico’s flood, Canada’s weird winters year after year… this book connects the dots in a lively way between the headlines, the climate science and the forecast for tomorrow and the day after. Dry Spring spells out the weather forecast for North America and the urgent reasons to begin preparing for the storm just over the horizon.

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LIVING WATER SMART IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: “Linking water and land management at all levels is critical,” stated Oliver Brandes, POLIS, in an Op-Ed published by the Victoria Times-Colonist (June 2008)


“Not much will change without significantly increased budget commitments for
water. Also, an implementation strategy to achieve the targets and goals must be
established. These are the minimum requirements for turning rhetoric into reality. A long-overdue legislative overhaul of the B.C. Water Act is almost a certainty, but the
process for arriving at legislative proposals is vague,” stated Oliver Brandes.

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