Rainwater Harvesting on Bowen Island, British Columbia
University of British Columbia produces “Innovations in Stormwater Management Video Series”
In 2002, looking at rainfall differently led the Province of British Columbia to initiate changes in the ways rainwater runoff is returned to streams. The goal is protect watershed and stream health. Through the ongoing efforts of Dr. Hans Schreier, the University of British Columbia is a partner in advancing a science-based approach that integrates the site with the watershed, stream and aquifer. His latest contribution is the Innovations in Stormwater Management Video Series.
“It was a pleasure to showcase some of the local champions of low impact designs for urban rainwater and stormwater management in this video series,” states Dr. Hans Schreier, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. “Our interactive map shows all of our featured locations, and this is just
a drop in the bucket in terms of what is out there!”
“Given the increase in climatic variability and urban land use intensification, it is high time that we promote innovations that deal with increasing flooding events and urban pollution. The video series features what some of the leaders in innovative stormwater management are doing in the Metro Vancouver region.”
Innovation at the Property Scale
The video on innovation at the property scale features the rainwater harvesting system serving the residence of Kim Stephens on Bowen Island in the Metro Vancouver region.
“The properties that are being developed in the Cowan Point area of Bowen Island have a restrictive covenant which requires everyone to have a rainwater harvesting system,” states Kim Stephens, Executive Director of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia. “That means all outdoor water use must come from your storage tank. In our case, however, the tanks are providing both outdoor water use and our toilet water.”
To Learn More:
The video series is used in UBC’s Urban Watershed Management course (SOIL 516), one of several online Watershed Management course offerings. This series is also useful for developers, students, real estate agents, municipal/regional planners, managers and engineers. Visit the home page for the video series at http://mlws.landfood.ubc.ca/videos/