“A decade ago, looking at rainfall differently led the Province to develop the Guidebook and initiate a paradigm-shift in the way rainwater is managed. The Guidebook formalized the Water Balance Methodology in order to establish performance targets. The Guidebook is standing the test of time because the foundation material is science-based,” states Peter Law.
‘Water Balance Model Express for Landowners’ previewed at workshop hosted by Regional District of Nanaimo
“An increasing building footprint on properties is short-circuiting the WATER BALANCE. This creates risks for local government, both financial and environmental. If we want to make change, then we have to find a way to influence landowners to look at their properties differently,” stated Richard Boase.
Sustainable Rainwater Management in British Columbia: Mimic the Water Balance and Protect Stream Health!
“When Kim Stephens met with the Metro Vancouver Utilities Committee to provide us with a progress report on the Water Balance Model, we were impressed that our $50,000 grant has leveraged $250,000 in cash and in-kind contributions,” states City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto….
Metro Vancouver elected representatives learn about the Water Balance Model and Inter-Regional Collaboration
“Metro Vancouver contributed $50,000 to fund further enhancement of the Water Balance Model because widespread use of this decision tool will help Metro Vancouver and members fulfil our regulatory commitments, in particular those related to integrated rainwater management,” stated Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore, Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board.
Do You Wonder How Lower Mainland Local Government Leaders are Implementing Green Infrastructure to Protect Watershed Health?
“The City of Surrey has extensive experience with ISMP development and implementation. Now in its fifth decade of continuous implementation experience, the City continues to evolve and adapt a watershed–based approach that incorporates lessons learned in getting green infrastructure built right. Creating good plans come from integrating good concepts from a variety of sources into the needs of the watershed,” states Carrie Baron.
“Once we know what we want our watersheds and neighbourhoods to look like, the next step is to decide what the tools are that will get us there. All of us need to understand and care about the goal if we are to create the future that we all want,” stated Vincent Lalonde.
“Investigation of opportunities for the application of green infrastructure objectives is now expected in all the City’s land use plans. Furthermore, ISMPs will provide the basis for implementing green infrastructure objectives to support a design with nature approach on a watershed scale,” stated Paul Ham.
"Course on Developing Effective Watershed Blueprints" Showcases Tools and Case Study Experience to Help Restore Watershed Health
“It is now time to take another leap forward, albeit by moving sideways, and recognize near surface lateral water flow, otherwise known as interflow. The challenge for engineers is to determine the influence of interflow on a site and then design and implement techniques that replace or restore it,” states Alan Jonsson
Drainage Infrastructure Screening Tool saves money, and makes it easy to assess implications of a changing climate!
“Now, local governments can focus on what is most important AND achieve more at less cost. The Screening Tool is not intended to replace detailed analysis during the design process; rather, it provides a quick and inexpensive look into the drainage system performance to highlight any problem areas. Thus it will provide inexpensive input into establishing priorities for capital budgets,” states Jim Dumont.
POLIS Project on Ecological Governance hosts "Navigating Our Water Future: Lessons Learned from Europe and Australia"
“For many years, Australia and Europe have faced serious problems with the management and governance of their water resources—from the effects of severe drought, to the challenges of jurisdictional fragmentation, unclear responsibilities, and disconnected governance. These challenges offer a glimpse into Canada’s water future,” states Oliver Brandes.