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Living Water Smart in BC

RAINWATER HARVESTING: A Way to Meet Targets for Living Water Smart in BC – “The future is now, and rainwater harvesting is very much part of the long-term water supply picture in the Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria regions,” wrote Kim Stephens in an article published by Construction Business Magazine (March 2009)


“Climate change is emerging as a driver for rainwater harvesting in the urban regions of British Columbia, partly because of the need to mitigate risk.In Metro Vancouver, for example, a declining snowpack means less water is available to replenish lake storage reservoirs during the high-demand summer season. The need to offset this loss provides an incentive to capture rain where it falls on roof surfaces,” explained Kim Stephens.

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Ministry of Community Development launches Water Conservation Calculator at the Penticton Forum – “Water conservation should be seen as alternative or supplemental to planned infrastructure projects,” stated Liam Edwards (2009)


“The Water Conservation Calculator is a decision support tool for water purveyors and small local governments. The web-based calculator can assist in presenting a conservation case to Council and other decision makers. The calculator has evolved from a spreadsheet-tool that the Ministry first pilot-tested with a number of local governments in 2006,” stated Liam Edwards.

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Metro Vancouver Board Aligns Regional Planning Vision with “Living Water Smart, BC’s Water Plan”


The Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) is a core component of the Metro Vancouver Sustainability Framework. “When the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District Board met in March 2009, it approved realigning the goals, strategies and actions in the updated LWMP to keep current with senior government policies and positions, as well as ensure that Metro Vancouver’s and senior governments’ environmental and fiscal objectives and actions are mutually supportive and successful,” stated Board Chair Lois Jackson.

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THE STORY OF THE PENTICTON FORUM: Smart Planning & Living Water Smart – Approaches & Tools for Doing Business Differently in BC


How do we align our efforts at three scales – provincial, regional and local – to do business differently, prepare communities for change, and choose to be water smart? The foregoing challenge statement provided context for advancing a ‘regional team approach’ at the Penticton Forum. “The Province’s Living Water Smart and Green Communities initiatives provide a framework and direction for convening for action in the Okanagan, on Vancouver Island and in Metro Vancouver,” stated Glen Brown.

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WATER BALANCE FORUM HOSTED BY CITY OF SURREY: Curriculum built around a regional team approach to “Living Water Smart and Making Green Choices in the Metro Vancouver Region” (March 2009)


The Surrey Forum is a first step in advancing a regional team approach to rainwater management and green infrastructure that will align local actions in Metro Vancouver with provincial goals as stated in Living Water Smart, BC’s Water Plan. “We are adapting the experience gained and the lessons learned from the Vancouver Island pilot program. We envision that the Surrey Forum will be a transformational event and a catalyst for action ,” stated Raymond Fung.

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Metro Vancouver Reference Panel shares water-centric vision with Regional Engineers Advisory Committee – “The region needs to turn innovative ideas into real action,” stated Christianne Wilhelmson, Panel Co-Chair (February 2009)


“When we met with elected representatives in July 2008 to present our assessment of the Metro Vancouver’s strategy document, we endorsed the proposed Goals, Strategies and Action Strategies…and with suggestions to make it stronger. At that time we also challenged Metro Vancouver to provide visionary leadership, focusing on protecting the marine environmetn and recovering resources from our waste. In meeting with REAC we wanted to challenge them to show leadership as well,” stated Christianne Wilhelmson.

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SMARTER WATER LAWS: A commentary on Living Water Smart by Linda Nowlan (June 2008)


“This long awaited Plan is the latest stage in a history of efforts to reform BC‟s water laws over the past 15 years. This comment from the UBC Program on Water Governance is an initial reaction to the Plan, and points out crucial issues that deserve more in-depth exploration through a thorough public consultation,” stated Linda Nowlan. In her June 2008 commentary, she pointed out crucial issues that deserve more in-depth exploration through a thorough public consultation.

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BC Ministry of Community Development leverages change through infrastructure grant programs


At the first in the 2008 Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series, held in September 2008, Catriona Weidman Development elaborated on the Province’s guiding philosophy for doing business differently. Grant programs will leverage change through a combination of eligibility and assessment criteria. “We all work with rules. What we really want to do is change some of the rules, to create the kind of communities that we desire. We are using infrastructure funding to encourage the right type of projects,” stated Catriona Weidman.

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