The coming together of a group of change agents in October 1997 set in motion a chain of events that has reverberated through time. By 2003, this led to launching of the web-based Water Balance Model for British Columbia.
A decade ago, the SmartStorm Forum Series comprised events on Vancouver Island (Nanaimo) and the Sunshine Coast (Sechelt), and two in the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford and Pitt Meadows). The idea for the first workshop in the SmartStorm Forum Series originated with Erik Karlsen, then with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Erik Karlsen was a principal author of a “Watershed/Landscaped-Based Approach to Community Planning”.
Water Balance Model now resides within the ‘Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia’, a non-profit society
“Formation of the society is a pivotal milestone in the history of the WBM. Over the years, various people have asked us who owns the WBM. Now when we answer ‘the Partnership owns it’, it will be crystal clear to everyone that the Partnership is in fact a legal entity. This evolution is important to our funders becauses it increases our ability to obtain grants for ongoing enhancement of WBM capabilities,” explains Ted van der Gulik.