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Parallel Journeys: Australian conference showcased how British Columbia is moving towards a water-resilient future

Three ‘big ideas’ underpin BC vision for “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management”: Primacy of Hydrology, Shifting Baseline Syndrome and Cathedral Thinking

In 2001, Kim Stephens was keynote speaker for an Urban Water Cycle Management Capacity Building Program for local governments in New South Wales, Australia. Fast forward to August 2016. His keynote presentation at Stormwater 2016: Rising to the Challenge, a national conference held in Queensland (Australia), provided him with a platform for reflecting on "parallel journeys" during the period 2001 through 2016. He explained how a changing climate resulted in “teachable moments” in British Columbia; and how a “regional team approach” guides implementation of a vision for Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management.   

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Plenary Session at Stormwater Australia 2016 Conference, Rising to the Challenge, held in Queensland
CLICK HERE to learn more and access YouTube videos of the keynote presentation

Kim Stephens
Executive Director
Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC

Andrew Allan
President
Stormwater Australia
Rod Wiese
Director
Stormwater Australia

"BC and Australia are on parallel journeys, but our pathways to a water-resilient future differ. Still, by sharing and comparing, we can inspire each other. Also, we can learn from each other’s experience to avoid going down dead-ends"

“We will reach out beyond our core industry practitioners to engage with a broader group of committed and talented people who will all need to work together to develop the solutions of the future”   “Australian ‘best practise’ (which is founded on water quality metrics) falls dramatically short of effective waterway protection. Clearly, we need to manage volume and restore water balance pathways as Kim Stephens explained in his keynote about the primacy of hydrology”

For more exerpts from Stormwater 2016: Rising to the challenge, click HERE.