|Source: Basins of Relations: A Citizen's Guide toProtecting and Restoring Our Watersheds|
In April, Seminar #1 in the 2011 Comox Valley Learning Lunch Series painted a picture of the ‘legacy liability’ of existing hard infrastructure (i.e. roads and pipes). On May 19, Seminar #2 dealt with green infrastructure and ‘sustainable urban drainage’. On June 23, Seminar #3 will focus on floodplain and flooding issues.
Will Marsh, author of the classic textbook Landscape Planning: Environmental Applications, introduced the natural science perspective during the town-hall sharing and learning at Seminar #2.
"We need to understand the sub-systems that are in play between the time that rainfall is received at the top of the tree canopy and the time that it actually gets to the stream as streamflow or other kinds of releases. THAT’S THE KEY TO THE WHOLE SYSTEMS APPROACH. If we unlock that key, if we can just begin to get a handle on that, then we can then begin to put in place the appropriate kinds of measures (to protect watershed health),” stated Will Marsh.
To learn more, click on "Watersheds are not all created equal," states Will Marsh at the second in the 2011 Comox Valley Seminar Series and read the complete story posted on the Water Bucket website.
THINKING LIKE A WATERSHED: Conservation Hydrology is an applied science being pioneered by the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in Northern California. It emphasizes the need in many areas for human development designs to move from drainage to retainage. To learn more, click here.
Comox Valley Update #2011-07
May 26, 2011