Saturday, January 29, 2011

Story #1 in the ISMP Course Correction Series: Re-Focus on Stream Health and Watershed Outcomes

‘Beyond the Guidebook 2010’ provides guidance for developing outcome-oriented plans

Released in June 2010, Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia is aligned with Living Water Smart, British Columbia’s Water Plan. The latter articulates provincial policy to achieve a vision for ‘green’ development, one that protects stream health, fish habitat and fish. 

Beyond the Guidebook 2010 tells the stories of the champions who are implementing change on the ground. Equally important, this guidance document also presents a framework for establishing watershed-specific performance targets and implementing green infrastructure.

Getting there may require a course correction in the way some Integrated Stormwater Management Plans (ISMPs) are being developed. Commencing today, Water Bucket is publishing a series of five weekly articles that will elaborate on what is an ISMP, how we can do more with less, and how to be outcome-oriented.

“Outcome-oriented planning is a problem-solving PROCESS. It is not a procedure. It is not a matter of applying a regulation or a checklist,” states Tim Pringle President of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia, the newly created society where the Water Balance Model now resides.

“Going through a process becomes talent development. Participants have to be committed to the outcome. To get there, they have to function as a team. It is the talent development process that enables development of outcome-oriented plans. It is very definitely a grounded approach.”

News Release #20101-44
November 16, 2010

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