One of the key recommendations for local government is to incorporate the Water Balance Model in planning. Application of this scenario modelling tool was a recurring theme throughout the workshop. This recommendation has drawn attention to the leadership provided by the City of Kelowna a decade ago as a founding Water Balance Model Partner.
In her welcoming remarks at the workshop, Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd provided this context — “In 2006, I was a member of a Mayors and Chairs Focus Group that yielded insights regarding how to lead and implement green infrastructure changes. Also, Kelowna was one of four cities – the others being Chilliwack, Surrey and Courtenay – that were early adopters of the Water Balance Model. Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia was an outcome of this related initiative. The Water Balance Model tool is extremely helpful as we all look at the process for developing urban watershed plans that are outcome-oriented.”
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