Beyond the Guidebook 2010 is showcased on Living Water Smart website
Note to Readers:
The following story about ‘Beyond the Guidebook 2010’ is reproduced from Living Water Smart, the website for British Columbia’s Water Plan. Implementation of Living Water Smart is a provincial government priority that involves 11 ministries and many water and land managers and users. Some projects are complete, or will have a short life of two to three years, while other commitments will be implemented over a much longer time period.
Preparing Our Communities for Change
Water plays a huge role in shaping our communities. We need safe drinking water, water for homes and businesses, and to keep our environment healthy. We also need protection from floods. Actions in Living Water Smart will help communities adapt to climate change by designing our communities to live in harmony with water.
By living water smart, we can save water, energy, fuel, and money. By working with, rather than against nature, communities and developments will capture and use rain, treat or reuse wastewater, provide cool green spaces for urban relaxation, and reduce our energy needs. If we adopt these changes, communities will be more resilient to climate change and provide a higher quality of life.
Implementing a New Culture
Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia [PDF 8.72MB] connects the dots between RAINwater Management and Drought Management and shows how to achieve water sustainability through outcome-oriented urban watershed plans. Beyond the Guidebook 2010 is the ‘telling of the stories’ of how change is being implemented on the ground in BC. These stories demonstrate that the practitioner and community culture is changing as an outcome of collaboration and partnerships.
To Learn More:
“In October 1997, a focus group workshop convened by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities set in motion a chain of outcomes that culminated in Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia, released in June 2002. This document was a catalyst for change that has resulted in British Columbia achieving international recognition as a leader in implementing green infrastructure,” states Kim Stephens, Executive Director, Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia.
“Almost a decade later, Beyond the Guidebook 2010 is the story of what has been accomplished under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia. The Action Plan is a key element of the implementation strategy for Living Water Smart. In a nutshell, we are providing program delivery in a local government setting.”
To access the Beyond the Guidebook 2010 homepage on the Convening for Action Community-of-Interest, click here.
Posted January 2011