“BC’s growing communities, economic growth, healthy food, clean energy and our beautiful environment need a plentiful amount of clean water. As a finite resource, water’s limits must be recognized, meaning that the days of taking our “unlimited” supply of water for granted have passed,” stated former Environment Minister Barry Penner. “Everyone can be part of the solution. Together we need to challenge ourselves to think about the steps we can take daily to protect our water today and for tomorrow.”
“The Guidebook is structured to meet the information needs of different audiences: from senior managers and elected officials…to those professional planning and engineering staff who are tasked with implementing early action…to land developers and the consulting community,” stated the Minister of Environment’s Peter Law, Chair of the Guidebook Steering Committee. “The Guidebook’s premise that land development and watershed protection can be compatible represented a radical shift in thinking in 2002.”
“Released in 2008, this short-form document provides a broad-brush picture of the Stormwater Planning Guidebook. The emphasis is on core concepts. The desired outcome is that readers will be interested in learning more by delving into the Guidebook. This guidance document was developed under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan to support the curriculum for the 2008 Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series,” explained Kim Stephens.
Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia
“People learn through stories. Beyond the Guidebook 2010 is the ‘telling of the stories’ of how change is being implemented on the ground in British Columbia. These stories demonstrate that the practitioner and community culture is changing as an outcome of collaboration, partnerships alignment,” stated Glen Brown, an Executive Director with the Ministry of Community Development. “Case study experience presented in Beyond the Guidebook 2010 clearly shows that a new land ethic is taking root in British Columbia.”