“The most fundamental contribution of the Water Stewardship Council to water resources management in the Okanagan is that it provides a consistent forum for effective, transparent, and reliable communication among the many levels of stakeholder regarding recent developments and urgent water issues,” states Bernard Bauer, Chair.
“Recognizing the importance of the issue, the Regional Board identified a rainwater strategy as a NOW priority in its September 2012 Strategic Plan. Rainwater management policy statements and development permit area guidelines will be developed; will include objectives to address climate change impacts, adaptive management and performance standards; and will be implemented as part of the current Official Community Plan review,” stated Kevin Lorette.
Towards Watershed Sustainability: City of Surrey experience is informing the ’Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative’
“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 ….whether we are regulators, developers or designers ….need to understand and care about the goal if we are to create the future that we all want,” states Vincent Lalonde.
Metro Vancouver region is a ‘Champion Supporter’ of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia
“The commitment by the Metro Vancouver Board, senior management and staff has been tangible, consistent and long-term. Their support continues to help the Partnership advance a vision for designing with nature and implementing green infrastructure. In this way, communities can restore and protect the Water Balance,” stated Tim Pringle.
In March, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced a new goal for managing Seattle’s stormwater runoff with natural drainage systems. “Whenever possible, we should be looking for ways to better manage our stormwater with natural processes and leveraging our drainage investments. Seattle residents and businesses care about the environment. And that’s why we are inviting the whole community to join us in this effort,” said Mayor McGinn.