Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC

The Partnership publishes weekly e-Newsletters. These feature champions who are leading changes in practice. Stories are replicated on our Blog for ease of access.

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IMPROVING THE PROCESS OF IMPROVING PLACES: Should Storm Cunningham’s RECONOMICS be mandatory reading for Mayors, Chief Administrative Officers & Directors of Planning in cities and regions?

“I’ve spent the past 20 years leading workshops, keynoting summits and consulting in planning sessions at urban and rural places worldwide. All were focused on some aspect of creating revitalization or resilience.Most of those events had other speakers who recounted their on-the-ground efforts and lessons learned. I’ve thus spent the past two decades researching commonalities: what’s usually present in the successes, and what’s usually missing in the failures? I’ve boiled it down to six elements. Each of them individually increases the likelihood of success,” explained Storm Cunningham.

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BC’s Climate Reality, Inter-Regional Collaboration & Actionable Visions – ARE YOU CURIOUS TO LEARN MORE? THEN CONTINUE READING (#4 in a series)

“What happens on the land matters to water bodies. Water-centric programs underway in the Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo and Capital regions are foundation pieces for stitching together an altered landscape. Are you aware of the scope, scale and interplay of an array of initiatives and programs underway on Vancouver Island? Do you wonder whether and how these initiatives and programs are making a difference? Join us for a facilitated panel conversation complete with audience interaction segments,” stated Kim Stephens.

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“If an existing groundwater user applies after March 1, 2022, they will be viewed as a completely new user and that seniority will be gone! In many watersheds, the chance of an existing user getting a licence applying after March 1, 2022 may not even be possible – imagine how that would impact the business or land owner? It may not seem like it, but we have entered a new reality. A reality of no return. Existing groundwater users need to realize this, so they can do the right (and smart) thing and apply for a licence prior to March 1, 2022,” stated Mike Wei.

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Natural Assets as Ecological Systems and Services – IF YOU WONDER WHY, THEN CONTINUE READING (#3 in a series)

“The idea of a natural commons supporting a package of ecological services which the community wants and expects to have implies that approved plans for land development should not result in ecological services being merely residual outcomes. Should the community simply be happy with what is left?” stated Tim Pringle. “Rather, their maintenance and management (M&M) should be planned as core municipal services.”

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BC’S FIRST ASSET MANAGEMENT BYLAW: City of Courtenay leads by example

“The City of Courtenay previously adopted an asset management policy in 2015. The bylaw takes the policy one step further, and formally stipulates that decisions on the renewal, upgrade, and acquisition of the City’s assets must consider the full cost throughout the expected lifespan of the asset. As infrastructure ages, maintenance costs typically increase. And failure to maintain assets can dramatically shorten their lifespans, potentially resulting in the need for costly upgrades,” stated David Allen.

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IN MEMORIAM: British Columbia’s Buzz Holling (1930-2019) – a true scientific giant in ecology and adaptive management

Buzz Holling had profound and far-reaching influence during his lifetime, having made major contributions to the theory of predation, the concept of ecological resilience, the concept of panarchy, and adaptive management. “The only way to approach such a period — where uncertainty is very large and one cannot predict what the future holds – is not to predict, but to act inventively and exuberantly in diverse, adventures in living and experiment,” said Buzz Holling.

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LEADERS BY EXAMPLE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: In this final Waterbucket News story for 2019, Kim Stephens provides a ‘A Look Ahead’ and foreshadows ‘What to Expect in 2020’

“Looking ahead to next year, our readers can anticipate more stories about champions who are leading change in the local government and stewardship sectors in British Columbia, with a shared goal of improving where we live. When all the players set their sights on the common good, collaboration is a powerful force,” stated Kim Stephens. “In 2020, the Partnership will also continue to periodically tap our international network of contacts to connect the dots to developments of relevance to a whole-system, water balance approach that reconnects hydrology and ecology.”

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Building Rain Gardens in the Climate Emergency Era

“One rain garden does not seem like much in the face of so much road water runoff that is sending containments into our salmon bearing streams and rivers, but scaled up, green infrastructure like rain gardens capture and filter large volumes of runoff, thereby reducing flow and pollutants and better protecting species. These green approaches are also more cost effective than replacing municipal storm water infrastructure and provide opportunities for community interaction,” stated Joanna Ashworth.

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Comox Valley on Vancouver Island: Incubator Region for Collaboration Precedents (#2 in a series)

“The Comox Valley conservation and stewardship (ENGO) sector operates in a space outside of government and industry that is firmly rooted in the social fabric of the community and is deeply connected to the land and waters of the Comox Valley through ‘boots on the ground’ experience,” stated David Stapley. “The Comox Valley experience highlights a coordinated approach by the ENGO sector under the umbrella of the Comox Valley Conservation Partnership (CVCP) that brings together over 20 local ENGO and ratepayers associations into one common forum.”

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“Views of the Salish Sea” – book by Howard Macdonald Stewart is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the future of British Columbia

“It is not mere coincidence that two-thirds of the population of British Columbia occupies lands bordering its great inland sea, the Strait of Georgia, and connected waterways collectively known as the North Salish Sea,” wrote Howard Macdonald Stewart. “If this precious sea is to be passed to future generations with any semblance of its inherent richness and diversity intact, then it will need to be effectively managed and vigorously defended. The first step is to understand the complex story of the region.”

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