This is the second webinar in the POLIS Water Sustainability Project's 2011/2012 Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Upcoming webinars are listed below.
The majority of Canada's communities manage stormwater runoff in a way that is not sustainable in the long term. Flooded streets and basements, degraded urban streams, increasing impacts of a changing climate, and expensive drainage infrastructure that demands constant maintenance are all evidence that we must learn to better integrate the water cycle into urban areas. Rethinking the way we deal with rain and snowmelt in our cities means replacing conventional “pipe-and-convey” systems with an approach that recognizes rainwater as a valuable resource while, at the same time, reducing runoff volume and improving runoff quality. One of the greatest challenges to reinventing rainwater management is the fragmented responsibility for fresh water across and within jurisdictions. Peeling back the pavement in Canada’s urban communities will mean addressing issues of governance and decision making.
Providing both ecological and political perspectives, the guest speakers will discuss the need for a new paradigm of rainwater management in Canada’s urban environments and outline positive policies and initiatives already underway in communities across the country and beyond.
This webinar marks the launch of Peeling Back the Pavement: A Blueprint for Reinventing Rainwater Management in Canada’s Communities, a new publication from the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria and the fourth instalment in its water sustainability handbook series for local governments.
Susanne Porter-Bopp, Community Water Coordinator, POLIS Water Sustainability Project and Lead Author ofPeeling Back the Pavement: A Blueprint for Reinventing Rainwater Management in Canada’s Communities
Patrick Lucey, Senior Aquatic Ecologist and President, Aqua-Tex Scientific Consulting Ltd.
**SPACE IS LIMITED**
To register email Laura Brandes at communications (at) polisproject (dot) org
Past and Upcoming Webinars
September 28, 2011
What Canada Can Learn from EU Water Governance
with Émilie Lagacé, Inger Weibust, and Ralph Pentland
*To view archived webinar click here*
January 19, 2012
Water Policy in Western Canada
with Roger Gibbins
March 7, 2012
Watershed Governance in the 21st Century
with Oliver M. Brandes
The Water-Energy Nexus
with Ben Parfitt