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Sustainable Rainwater Management: Regional District of Nanaimo hosted second in 2012-2013 series of “Water Balance Model Training Workshops”

Learn how to use effective green infrastructure, lighten the ‘Water Footprint’, achieve more at less cost, adapt to a changing climate  and protect stream health. On June 12, the 3-person teaching team of Kim Stephens, Richard Boase and Jim Dumont will demonstrate how-to-use the Water Balance Model to support land development and infrastructure decisions that reduce a community’s ‘water footprint’. They provide complementary perspectives. Presented together, these perspectives provide a complete picture.

About the Teaching Team

Kim Stephens is an engineer-planner, and is the Executive Director of the Partnersship for Water Sustainability in BC. He specializes in public policy and has played a leadership role in a series of initiatives in British Columbia related to water sustainability, rainwater management and green infrastructure. More than a decade ago, he looked at rainfall differently and developed the Water Balance Methodology that the Province subsequently  incorporated in Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia. Since 2003, Kim has been responsible for developing and delivering the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia, the partnership umbrella for a water-centric approach to community planning and development.

Richard Boase is a geoscientist, and is the District of North Vancouver’s Environmental Protection Officer. He is also Co-Chair of the Water Balance Model Partnership. Richard Boase is an innovator and is the District’s project manager for case study demonstration applications that have been driving the evolution of the Water Balance Model. He is the Partnership’s lead for development of the Water Balance Model Express for Landowners. To be rolled out later in 2012, this tool will have pre-set performance targets that are watershed-specific. This means that landowners will then be able to focus on the geometrics of fitting rainfall capture measures onto their properties.

Jim Dumont is the Engineering Applications Authority for the Water Balance Model Partnership. He is a recognized specialist in hydrologic modelling. For many years, he has been teaching modelling seminars as part of the professional development program provided by the Association Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC. Jim Dumont evolved the Water Balance Methodology to address the relationship between rainfall volume control and resulting flow rates in streams; and developed the Stream Health Methodology as the technical foundation for the ‘Beyond the Guidebook’ initiative in 2007. This methodology correlated stream erosion as a measure of stream health.

Sustainable Rainwater Management: Mimic the Water Balance!

“The workshop hosted by the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) will build on the introductory information presented by Kim Stephens and Jim Dumont at the Cowichan Water Balance Forum in March 2012. The workshop is an opportunity for planning, engineering and other local government staff – including managers and supervisors – to gain an understanding and appreciation of the speed and power of this tool in generating useful answers in minutes rather than in hours or days,” states the RDN’s John Finnie, General Manager, Regional and Community Utilities.

“The workshop is structured in two parts: the first segment (morning/lunch) will provide the context, overview and applicability/benefits of the WBM; and the second segment (afternoon) will provide a hands-on opportunity for participants who wish to get into the how of the WBM.”

“Developed as an extension of Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia, the Water Balance Model is a unique, web-based scenario comparison tool,” continues Ted van der Gulik, Chair of the Water Balance Model Partnership. “The goal is to drive changes in land development practices. The model is tailored to multiple levels of users who have a wide range of technical backgrounds, from hydrology experts to planners to stewardship groups.”

“The workshop will unveil the new Drainage Infrastructure Screening Tool. Use of the screening tool will help local governments establish an affordable Level-of-Service for design storm conveyance. Drainage system capacity can now be rated without the need for expensive modelling of every pipe in a storm sewer system. Richard Boase will share his District of North Vancouver case study experience.”


To download an Agenda Preview and learn about the Water Balance Methodology, click on  Sustainable Rainwater Management: Mimic the Water Balance!

For cost, venue and registration information, click on this link: http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event/2012/WBMWorkshop.asp

In April 2011, the Partnership released the Primer on Integrated Rainwater andGroundwater Management for Lands on Vancouver Island and Beyond. This is the third in a series of Primers, and provides local governments with guidance for implementation of Water Balance principles on the ground.