Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery: A BC Framework: A driver for Change
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Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery: A BC Framework: A driver for Change

Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management

A British Columbia Initiative


“A new way of thinking about municipal infrastructure has the attention of the local government world. Simply put, natural watershed systems are infrastructure assets – we must manage and protect them as such.” – Kim Stephens

Challenges that droughts, forest fires, wind storms and floods bring forth demand innovative solutions. In 2015,  the province and Union of BC Municipalities launch Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery: A BC Framework. This initiative is a powerful provincial tool and links directly to the requirements for grants under the Canada-BC Gas Tax Agreement.

“It connects directly to asset management requirements for obtaining infrastructure grants – making it a gamechanger….The B.C. Framework sets a strategic direction that would refocus business processes to properly manage the water balance within the built environment.” – Kim Stephens from a Vancouver Sun Article

The full article can be read here.

The following links provide valuable insights to the initiative.

You can also navigate their abundant resource site to find guidance documents and more here.

1) A primer on Application of Ecosystem-based Understanding in the Georgia Basin, released in September 2016. This document outlines the initiative’s vision, milestones, it’s history and more.
“The vision for Sustainable Watershed Systems is the culmination of a building blocks process which cross-pollinated Washington State and BC experience. “

3) An article in the Vancouver Sun op-ed and a great read published in October 2016 (quoted above).

4) An article and YouTube video link for keynote address at national stormwater conference in Australia in August 2016 titled ““What will you do differently when you leave this room?” by Kim Stephens.
 5) A feature article published by APEGBC in its Innovation Magazine as a preview for the Annual Conference