There is sufficient evidence that storm event and flooding impacts are increasing and traditional stormwater management systems that rely on storm return graphs are no longer valid. Traditional urban water management has also ignored the water pollution impacts from stormwater. As a result of increased land use intensification and increased climatic variability it is critical to rethink how we design stormwater management systems in new subdivisions and modify traditional systems during infrastructure replacements. For the first time we need to involve property owners in stormwater management and the innovative approaches at that scale have to be different from those used for roads and parking lot runoff at the neighbourhood scale. The ultimate challenge is how to deal with the cumulative problems at the watershed scale. The presentation is aimed at providing an integrated watershed approach and numerous examples of successful innovative approaches to stormwater management in urban watershed will be featured.
Hans Schreier, Professor Faculty of Land & Food Systems - UBC
Hans Schreier is a professor In the Faculty of Land & Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on watershed management, Land-water interactions, soil and water pollution and GIS. He has worked extensively in watershed studies in the Nepalese Himalayas, the Andes, Brazil, Honduras, Vietnam, Mongolia, as well as in British Columbia. He was recognized by the international Development Research Centre (IDRC) in 1996 for his contribution to international development. He received the 1999 Manaaki Whenua Fellowship Award by Land-care Research in New Zealand. His major projects included the Himalayan-Andean Watershed Project, which resulted in the production of 9 multi-media CD-ROMs that highlighted and compared watershed projects in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Bhutan, Nepal, and China. In 1999 he started the Watershed Management Certificate, a post-graduate WEB-based program that is open to graduate students and professionals from around the world. The program has attracted over 1200 participants to date. Between 2003-2007 he was Co-Leader of the Watershed Program of the Canadian Water Network NCE and he is a member of the Water Advisory Panel for the Columbia Basin Trust. In 2004 he received the “Science in Action” Award from The United Nations International Year of Fresh Water, Science, Education and Conservation Program, for outstanding work in making watershed management knowledge and innovative, cost-effective applications possible in Canada and in Developing Countries, and in 2008 he received the King Albert International Mountain Award for scientific accomplishment of lasing values to the world’s mountains. King Albert I Memorial Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland.