Water Sustainability in British Columbia
The technical program for the 2009 BC Ground Water Association Convention included a session on water sustainability so that the groundwater community would be informed about provincial initiatives underway in BC, and the implications for groundwater.
"The speakers/presentations were cascading in scope...from high-level to ground-level. Their unifying theme was how can we create the future that we want," states Gilles Wendling, technical program co-organizer.
After Oliver Brandes and Lynn Kriwoken had provided the 'big picture', Kim Stephens elaborated on why water sustainability will be achieved by implementing green infrastructure policies and practices.
How Land is Developed
"In speaking to a groundwater-oriented audience, my objective was to connect the dots between land development activities and groundwater protection. In particular, I wanted to eatablish the relevance of the hydrologic footprint concept," stated Kim Stephens when explaining his presentation about the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia.
"The equation is a simple one: reducing our hydrologic footprint is good for the groundwater resource....because protecting the land surface from being stripped and paved reduces rainwater runoff and increases the potential for groundwater recharge."
TO LEARN MORE: To read the complete story posted on the Water Bucket website, click on Rainwater Management and Green Infrastructure: Reduce Your 'Hydrologic Footprint' and Protect Stream Health.