A PERSPECTIVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE: “If mitigation is about CARBON, then adaptation is about WATER”, stated John Slater, Parliamentary Secretary for Water Supply and Allocation, at Okanagan Workshop on Managing Stormwater in a Changing Climate (October 2010)

“Designing with nature captures the essence of climate change adaptation. Adaptation is about responding to the changes that will inevitably occur. Adaptation is at the community level and is therefore about collaboration. Rainwater management is at the heart of designing with nature,” stated John Slater. “When Kim Stephens asked me what does a lighter hydrologic footprint mean to me, I pointed across the street to the new Tim Horton’s. No water that falls on the building or on the parking lot leaves the site.”

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Total Water Management: Practices for a Sustainable Future

Total Water Management: Practices for a Sustainable Future, by Neil Grigg – cover (125p)
This book serves as an instruction manual for integrating the water needs of society and the environment. It is about the balance between our responsibilities to provide safe and reliable water services and to protect the environment.

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Partnership for Water Sustainability has a role in implementing ‘Living Water Smart, British Columbia’s Water Plan’ – “The strategy for leading and implementing change is called convening for action in British Columbia,” stated Kim Stephens, Partnership Executive Director (December 2010)

“In 2003, we moved into a vacuum as the Water Sustainability Committee. Through collaboration, we built a network in the local government setting. We have demonstrated that the collaborative approach works. Morphing the ‘convening for action’ network into a legal entity is a natural evolution. It means we can raise the bar for doing business differently. It opens new doors and broadens our reach. It enhances our ability to connect with champions in other jurisdictions and sectors who share a vision for British Columbia,” stated Kim Stephens.

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“Living Water Smart, British Columbia’s Water Plan” encourages green choices to protect stream health

In 2002, BC’s Stormwater Planning Guidebook introduced a set of five guiding principles. These are captured by the acronym ADAPT, where the “P” stands for Plan at four scales – regional, watershed, neighbourhood and site.”In integrating actions at four scales, the intended purpose of an Integrated Stormwater Management Plan is to provide a clear picture of how local governments can be proactive in applying land use planning tools to protect property and aquatic habitat, while at the same time accommodating land development and population growth,” stated Peter Law.

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