Oct 2012

Sustainable Rainwater Management: ‘Water Balance Model Express for Landowners’ ready for prime time on November 29 in Victoria!

“The Express integrates three pre-set performance targets using a methodology developed by Jim Dumont, Engineering Applications Authority for the Express. These are watershed-specific and link rainfall to stream health. This frees users to focus solely on selecting rainfall capture measures that will achieve their specific pre-set targets for storage, infiltration and stream baseflow sustenance. The underlying technical approach is precedent-setting,” explains Dr. Charles Rowney.

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Inter-Regional Education Initiative for ‘Rainwater Management in a Watershed Sustainability Context’

“The IREI provides the framework for consistent messaging and consistent application of tools and understanding on both sides of the Georgia Basin. A guiding principle is that local governments will leverage more with the same resources. The Partnership is asking the Metro Vancouver region to formalize its support for inter-regional collaboration. Then the IREI truly will be the Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Educational Initiative,” stated Kim Stephens,.

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Topsoil Bylaws Toolkit – new guidance document supports Water Conservation and Rainwater Management in BC

“Deep, rich topsoil is a giant sponge for water – slowly releasing moisture as the plants grow. It captures rain so you don’t have to irrigate as often. And it reduces run-off. Here in the Okanagan, we use 3 to 4 times as much water for our lawns and landscaping than for all our indoor uses combined. If we can reduce the waste, and “Make Water Work,” it leaves more water for fish, more for growing local food and wine, and cuts our water costs. What’s not to love about that?”, states Anna Warwick Sears.

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Capital Region’s Bowker Creek Blueprint Wins “EcoStar Award for Integrated Watershed Management”

“I have been involved in engineering for a long, long time and will soon be retiring. In the olden days, we would just pipe water away, and we would not think twice about it. In the latter part of my career, I have been part of a great team that has looked at rainfall differently and shares a vision for what the Bowker Creek watershed can be again. The ‘blueprint for action’ is a perfect example of working with others to improve watershed health long-term, and I am proud to have been part of creating it,” states Steve Fifield.

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Economy and Ecology – A Necessary Partnership for Water Sustainability

“The essence of the VIEA-CAVI partnership is contained in the phrase economy and ecology in balance. VIEA promotes regional initiatives that strengthen economic capacity; and CAVI represents the ecological perspective through its championing of green infrastructure and water sustainability. Looking ahead, ‘economy and ecology in balance’ is a message that we will both be communicating in the public realm in an educational context,” states David Willie.

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