“This is the start of a long and complex process. The level of flood-protection improvements will depend on the extent to which climate-change predictions come true,” stated Steven Thompson, BC Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
British Columbia Context
“All of the coastal cities are well aware of the new guidelines and the risk. They all have plans and programs to monitor and try to manage the risk. The best way to approach this is not to wait for individual projects, but to get out ahead of it in official community plans,” stated Dr. Stephen Sheppard.
“When the City of Vancouver builds new infrastructure, such as replacing the viaducts, we would take projected new ocean levels into account. I think the key is, this is long-term work and you need to do it strategically and practically,” stated Sadhu Johnston.
“The impacts of flooding are so widespread – it’s economic, to personal to your home. It’s just so much smarter to plan ahead than to respond afterward. It’s much less expensive and disruptive,” said Norma Miller.
Bigger Pipes or Greener Communities: A Hydrological Assessment of using Low Impact Development to Mitigate Future Flooding
“Climate change significantly raises the risk of rain-generated floods and infrastructure failure. To maintain current levels of service, drainage infrastructure will need to be modified and upgraded,” says Chris Jensen.
Building the Green Economy: ‘Beyond the Guidebook 2010’ featured at BC Hydro Power Smart Forum on October 25
“The intention is to learn with and from each other about what we can do to advance community-based efforts in creating a conservation culture in BC and achieving an environmentally sustainable future,” states Pia Nagpal.
Hans Schreier (120p)
Climate change is resulting in increased variability and since we are unable to slow down the change in the short run we need to us new innovative measures to manage water resources. To adapt to these new conditions requires a rethinking of how we build infrastructure and how we use water.
Award-wiinning science journalist Chris Wood has written a series of articles on how global warming will affect British Columbia and what we can do about it. In a story titled “Fraser River Will Surge Over Dikes”, Wood describes how hundreds of thousands of Lower Mainland residents living behind dikes along the Fraser River face a far more deadly flood threat than they know.
Award-wiinning science journalist Chris Wood has written a series of articles on how global warming will affect British Columbia and what we can do about it. In a story titled “Pumping Blind”, Wood describes how with each passing year, we're pumping more from the buried lakes and slow-moving underground streams known as aquifers.
Award-wiinning science journalist Chris Wood has written a series of articles on how global warming will affect British Columbia and what we can do about it. In a story titled “Global Warming's Threat to BC: Seeking Solutions”, he explains why one stunningly simple key could unlock enormous opportunities to make water go further.