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Historical Context

The coming together of a group of change agents in October 1997 set in motion a chain of events that has reverberated through time. By 2003, this led to launching of the web-based Water Balance Model for British Columbia.

Water Balance Model now resides within the ‘Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia’, a non-profit society

The Water Balance Model is a core element of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia, Furthermore, it is one of the ‘twin engines’ driving an outreach and continuing education program. An essential part of the plan for ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Water Balance Model is the creation ofa legal entity where the tool will reside permanently. Formation of a non-profit society is a pivotal milestone in the
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A Look Back to the SmartStorm Forum Series: Genesis for the Water Balance Model

A decade ago, the SmartStorm Forum Series comprised events on Vancouver Island (Nanaimo) and the Sunshine Coast (Sechelt), and two in the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford and Pitt Meadows). The idea for the first workshop in the SmartStorm Forum Series originated with Erik Karlsen, then with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Peter Law of the Ministry of Environment embraced the idea and got the ball rolling. He formed an inter-agency team to
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