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What we heard

From March 23 – April 10, we asked the campus community to tell us what was important to them about managing rainwater at UBC and what opportunities they saw for future projects.

During Spring 2016, we asked the campus community to tell us what was important to them about managing rainwater atUBC. This consultation included an Open house held on April 7, a survey completed by 11 people and 8 targeted interviews.

Awareness of Existing Rainwater infrastructure

We heard that people are aware of a number of the rainwater management features on campus. The most identifiable features were the pond, swales, and green roofs. The pond was highlighted as place where people come for relaxation, recreation, social gathering, and teaching and learning.

Importance of Rainwater Infrastructure 

We heard that rainwater infrastructure is important to people and that there is general support for the objectives outlined in the Integrated Rainwater Management project. This support included retaining natural areas and habitat, providing additional ponds/wetlands, planting drought resistant vegetation, and using rainwater for irrigation.

Natural Areas

Several of those interviewed supported the preservation and enhancement of existing natural areas with a few highlighting the opportunity for the reclamation of additional natural areas and habitat. We heard the existing retention pond successfully provides opportunities for research, teaching, and recreation.

Education and Research

We heard support for integrating education and research opportunities into rainwater features such as designing features to be accessible to researchers/educators, and to include educational signage with indigenous and sustainability descriptions.

Technology Options

We heard support to increase infiltration measures on campus. There were also suggestions to retain rainwater for irrigation along with the creation of additional wetlands to manage rainwater, though some concerns were raised about the maintenance of these areas.

Local Context

We also heard support for including landscaping choices aligned with the Okanagan environment such as indigenous plant species, landscaping that reduces irrigation needs (e.g. xeriscaping), and considering water not just in terms of major watersheds and waterways; but also the significance of the relationship to water for the Okanagan people (Sylix traditional ecological knowledge and stewardship).

A copy of the full consultation summary report is available here.

 

 

 

 

Last reviewed shim10/31/2016 10:06:05 AM