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Article in Canadian Water Resources Association RUNOFF Newsletter (2008): “Water Balance Model powered by QUALHYMO integrates the site with the watershed and the stream”

The April 2008 issue of Runoff includes an article co-authored by Paul Ham, Chair of the Green Infrastructure Partnership. The article highlights several key messages in providing a concise overview of the considerations that have led to integration of two hydrologic models. The significant benefit of the “new Water Balance Model” is the resulting emphasis on strategy and alternative implementation methodologies, as well as the focus on a multitude of design details available to achieve the desired objectives.

Article in Stormwater Magazine (2011): “Rainwater Management in a Watershed Context – What’s the Goal?”

Co-authored by Kim Stephens (shown) and Jim Dumont, the article elaborates on how science-based understanding has informed the process for moving from awareness to action in British Columbia. The article also provides the “convening for action” context for development and application of the Water Balance Model to achieve green infrastructure outcomes. “While land use and infrastructure professionals are using a similar vocabulary on both sides of the border, our goals appear different,” they wrote.

The Plan for the Future: Implementation Status Reports for 2010 and 2011

“The Water Balance Model Partnership is systematically implementing enhancements that will materially expand the decision support capabilities of the Water Balance Model (WBM). Commencing in July 2010, the the Partnership has been issuing status reports at the end of every month. These are intended to keep the “WBM community-of-practice” fully informed. The Partnership is looking for timely feedback on user experiences,” explained RIchard Boase.

How to Establish a Baseline Condition?

“For the purposes of a Water Balance Model simulation, the starting scenario can be the watershed in any state, whether that is forested, existing urban, future planning, or just about any condition that you may wish to assess. Yet another key message is that the existing watershed condition should not be seen as a limiting condition; rather, it is just one of many potential conditions. This is where the WBM shines as it is not constrained by starting or ending points. It compares whatever you can envision,” explained Jim Dumont.

Inter-Governmental Partnership released “The Plan for the Future” in 2009

Released by the Inter-Provincial Partnership in November 2009, “Water Balance Model for Canada – The Plan for the Future” is a comprehensive document that will guide tool enhancement over the next three years. “The Plan for the Future provides a concise synopsis of ‘need to know’ information about the Water Balance Model,” explains Ted van der Gulik. “The Plan for the Future also presents a road map for greatly increasing both the computational capabilities of the Water Balance Model and its usability in visioning future alternatives for use of water and land.”

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