From Rain to Resource: Managing Stormwater in a Changing Climate

From Rain to ResourceWorkshop and Tradeshow
October 28 and 29, 2010
Best Western Hotel, Kelowna, BC

More than 100 delegates gathered in Kelowna, Oct. 28 and 29, representing every corner of B.C., to learn about the newest information and technologies available to prepare their communities for the tremendous rains that are expected with climate change. The event was presented by the Okanagan Basin Water Board in partnership with the BC Water and Waste Association and with funding support through Natural Resources Canada’s Regional Adaptation Collaboratives Program.

Delegates included planners, engineers, and landscape architects, both in the public and private sector, as well as elected officials – those who will be integral to changing the way we develop our communities.

We would like to thank our sponsors, Associated Engineering, Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Urban Systems for helping ensure a successful learning event.

Below, you will find presentations from the workshop, news releases and news clippings. We invite you to view the materials and work with us, recognizing the value of rainwater as part of building a sustainable future for all.

Water Board releases “From Rain to Resource 2010: Managing Stormwater in a Changing Climate” report

Rain to Resource 2010

On October 28 and 29, 2010, the Okanagan Basin Water Board and the BC Water and Waste Association co-hosted “From Rain to Resource: Managing Stormwater in a Changing Climate.”

The purpose was to learn about the newest information and technologies available to prepare B.C. communities for the tremendous rains expected with climate change.
The OBWB has now released a report that summarizes a comprehensive set of recommendations that came out of the workshop, and provides an overview of the topics and case studies presented.

“For the last half a century we’ve been trying to control runoff with dikes, storm sewers, curbs and gutters,” explains Anna Warwick Sears, OBWB Executive Director. “Now, increased development and increased storm intensity from climate change are increasing peak flows and altering the rules of the game. We can’t engineer away our problems fast enough.  We have to look at other, lower impact solutions.”

For the full report, click here.

Videos

Brock Dolman of the California-based WATER Institute was the keynote speaker at Okanagan Rainwater Workshop

Presentations

October 28, 2010:

October 29, 2010:

News Releases

In the News

Photos

Photos of “From Rain to Resource” can be found on the OBWB’s Okanagan WaterWise Facebook gallery page. We invite you to take a look and continue the conversation by following Okanagan WaterWise on Facebook.

With federal funding support through Natural Resources Canada’s Regional Adaptation Collaboratives Program.

 

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