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Drainage Modelling in the 21st Century: “What we now know about what drives a successful model,” explains Dr. Charles Rowney

“I do a lot of talking around North America and elsewhere about models and model requirements. As a result, I have been able to distil a synthesis of the opinions of several hundred people from all around the world who I consider to be the premier people in their field. When we discussed the question…what are the major issues?…seven themes emerged,” stated Charles Rowney.

Watershed-Based Rainwater Management: Beyond the Guidebook Primer Series adds depth to “Living Water Smart, BC’s Water Plan”

“Since 2007, the Beyond the Guidebook initiative has been building on the technical foundation created a decade ago when the Province and Environment Canada jointly released Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia. The Beyond the Guidebook Primer Series is adding depth to Living Water Smart,” explains Kim Stephens. “The goal is to mimic the Water Balance, with emphasis on the ‘how-to’ details of integration and implementation.”

Online video tutorial introduces Water Balance Model Express for Landowners

“When our long term collaborator at the District of North Vancouver, Richard Boase, informed us of some of the new tools available to support rainwater management and planning in the District, I immediately knew I wanted to incorporate them into an assignment for the Urban Watershed Management course,” states Julie Wilson. “The students appreciated the power and utility of these kinds of tools to engage with the public on issues of development and rainwater management.”

Sustainable Rainwater Management: Capital Regional District hosted third in 2012-2013 series of “Water Balance Model Training Workshops

“CRD hosted the workshop because it informs and supports the goals of the region’s Integrated Watershed Management Implementation Strategy. Local governments have many competing priorities and everyone is challenged to achieve more with the same resources in order to reduce risk, improve watershed health and comply with regulatory requirements,” stated Dale Green.

How Does Water Get to a Stream?

“The lesson in the study of soil formation is that water does not move continuously downward as a result of saturated conditions. Generally the hydrologically active soil layers are limited to the upper 600 mm or so with a majority of situations the groundwater levels are deeper. In these cases the water will move sideways until one of two things occurs: 1) it reaches a stream, or 2) it finds a discontinuity in the soil that would allow it to move downward,” stated Jim Dumont. “There is a need to understand the soils that are present on a site so as to be able to describe how the water moves through the soil.”

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