Sep 2016

BLUE ECOLOGY: Blending First Nations spirituality with Western water balance science

“Hydrologists are encouraged to embrace the companion Blue Ecology water cycle that is meant to enhance Western science’s hydrological cycle by providing a holistic cultural context,” states Michael Blackstock. Hydrologists and water managers could also communicate complex climate change impacts to the public, using common sense terms. Hydrologists and water managers can use the hydrological and Blue Ecology cycles to help explain how and why the climate is changing…..Water is a core human interest upon which we can build collaborative cross-cultural climate change strategies ……There is hope for future generations if we take a water-first approach to setting global priorities.”

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DOWNLOAD NOW: primer on what application of “ecosystem-based understanding” by local governments in British Columbia would look like…..

Restoring hydrologic integrity is key to achieving a water-resilient future in urban areas. The sixth in the Beyond the Guidebook Primer Series serves as a refresher on core concepts that underpin the vision for Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management. “An interface is needed to translate the complex products of science into achievable goals and implementable solution for practical resource management. This interface is what we now call a science-based understanding,” stated Peter Law. “A science-based understanding of how land development impacts watershed hydrology and the functions of aquatic ecosystems provides a solid basis for making decisions to guide action where and when it is most needed.”

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PARALLEL JOURNEYS: Australian conference showcased how British Columbia is moving towards a water-resilient future

In 2001, Kim Stephens was keynote speaker for an Urban Water Cycle Management Capacity Building Program for local governments in New South Wales, Australia. Fast forward to August 2016. His keynote presentation at Stormwater 2016, a national conference held in Queensland, provided him with a platform for reflecting on “parallel journeys” during the period 2001 through 2016. “BC and Australia are on parallel journeys, but our pathways to a water-resilient future differ. Still, by sharing and comparing, we can inspire each other. Also, we can learn from each other’s experience to avoid going down dead-ends,” stated Kim Stephens. “Because Australian practitioners are at a fork in their journey, they are looking to learn from BC experience. They are curious about our ‘whole systems’ approach to water balance management.”

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