Feb 2014

NEW GUIDANCE DOCUMENT: Partnership for Water Sustainability releases “Primer on Water Balance Methodology for Protecting Watershed Health”

“Protection of watershed and stream health ultimately involves maintaining the natural proportion of rainwater entering streams via three pathways: surface flow, interflow (shallow sub-surface flow), and groundwater flow. We describe this goal as mimicking the Natural Water Balance. To replicate natural processes, it is necessary to establish performance targets that define how to ‘slow, sink and spread’ rainwater,” explains Jim Dumont.

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NEW REPORT: “A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia”

“Instead of focusing on political lines on a map, A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia proposes that water-management decision-making should be aligned with the ecological boundaries of watersheds,” says Oliver Brandes. “By examining all actions in the context of the watershed, we can shift the focus towards managing the people within a watershed, rather than controlling the watershed itself.”

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Convening for Action into British Columbia: “Turn ideas into action by building capacity and understanding,” states Raymond Fung

“The drought, forest fires and floods that British Columbia experienced in 2003 created a teachable moment for change in the way we view water in this province. The Action Plan would turn ideas into action by building capacity and understanding. Over the past decade, we have showcased innovation, developed tools and provided training, and collaborated with local governments to develop talent and build capacity in the Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland regions,” stated Raymond Fung.

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Drainage Modelling in the 21st Century: “Apply modelling technologies that are right for your needs,” urges Dr. Charles Rowney

“Even the modellers who use modelling tools very effectively can have unconscious biases which reflect from the places they practice and the tools they use. This is probably a great place to remember the old saying, that ‘if you have a hammer the whole world looks like a nail’. So the challenge we face is to find modeling technologies that are right for our needs, the solutions we prefer, and the processes we have developed,” says Charles Rowney.

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