Fraser Basin Council


2012 – Department of Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia

This report provides insights into how climate change will affect the rivers and forests in the San Jose Watershed in the Cariboo region of British Columbia over the next 100 years, and how communities can use this information to plan for the future. The study focused on how climate will affect two interacting aspects of the environment: forests and water. Changes in temperature, snowfall and rainfall will influence the amount of water available in rivers and creeks in the San Jose Watershed, with subsequent effects on forest species composition and distribution, timber volume, timber value, forest fire frequency and area burned. These shifts in the forest will cause changes in peak river flows, river flow volumes and seasonal availability of water. The report makes a number of helpful findings for future management, and flags the need for more information on water use, water flows and groundwater.

2010-2016 - BC Ministry of Agriculture and others

The Agriculture Water Demand Model was developed to provide information on current and future agriculture water demands for the Okanagan Basin in the context of rapid population growth, drought from climate change and overall increased water demand. The Model has also since been used in other BC watersheds.

The intent of the model is to help fulfil the province’s commitment under the Living Water Strategy to reserve water for agricultural lands. The model calculates water use on a property-by-property basis and sums each property to obtain a total for the entire basin or sub-basins. Crop, irrigation system type, soils and climate data are used to calculate the water demand. Lands within the Agriculture Land Reserve were included in the project.

The following reports are available from the BC Ministry of Agriculture:

Here also is a short video introducing the Model when it was a finalist for the 2009/2010 Premier’s Awards.

(2014) Natural Resources Canada

The climate is changing – in Canada and throughout the world. Globally, international assessments continue to identify rising air and ocean temperatures, shifting precipitation patterns, shrinking glaciers, declining snow cover and sea ice extent, rising sea level and changes in extreme events (IPCC, 2013).

In 2008, the Government of Canada released a national-scale science assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation: From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate).

This report – Canada in a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptation – is a 2014 update to the 2008 assessment. It discusses climate change impacts and adaptation from a sectoral perspective, based primarily on literature published up to the end of 2012. Led by Natural Resources Canada, the updated assessment involved over 90 authors and 115 expert reviewers, and synthesizes over 1,500 recent publications.

The report focus is on the following sectors: natural resources, food production, biodiversity and protected areas, human health, water and transportation infrastructure and industry.

2010 - Okanagan Basin Water Board and the BC Water and Waste Association

This is a summary of “From Rain to Resource: Managing Stormwater in a Changing Climate,” a workshop co-hosted by the Okanagan Basin Water Board and the BC Water and Waste Association. The goal of the workshop was to share positive and innovative developments for managing stormwater and rainwater in BC and beyond. The summary includes case studies and key recommendations. Workshop attendees included planners, engineers and landscape architects and those involved in developing or setting stormwater policy, such as senior municipal staff and elected officials. This project received funding from the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative program.

2012 - Canadian Climate Forum (formerly CFCAS), the Canadian Water Resource Association and Toronto and Region Conservation

This report provides a snapshot of the current state-of-practice in climate change adaptation with respect to water resource management across Canada and presents a set of strategies and recommendations. See also complementary webinars.

Kerr Wood Leidal Associates and Associated Engineering (BC)

Within the First National Engineering Vulnerability Assessment, the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) identified stormwater and wastewater among the four priority classes of infrastructure to assess for vulnerability and adaptability to climate change.

Here is a case study that looks at risks for the Vancouver Sewage Area’s collection system and wastewater treatment facilities in the coming decades, taking into account regional projections for increased rainfall, more intense rainfall events, sea level rise, winds and storm surge.

2010 - Okanagan Basin Water Board and others

The Okanagan Water Supply and Demand Project is an advanced water resource assessment that uses the latest models and computer technology to estimate Okanagan water availability, taking into account climate change and population growth. The project includes studies on groundwater, stream flows, environmental water needs and water use – and uses a computer accounting model to balance water supply and water demands. This project and this report received funding from the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative Initiative.

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2012 - West Coast Environmental Law, for the BC Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

This Guide is designed to assist elected officials and staff to plan and act in ways that will make their communities more resilient to the impacts of a changing climate.

Part 1 introduces climate change adaptation including climate change impacts in BC, how local governments are affected, the adaptation process, and building adaptive capacity and resilience. Part 2 offers practical examples of climate change adaptation strategies in the context of land use planning, emergency management planning, long term financing and reporting, asset management, infrastructure, civic buildings policy, building regulation, watershed management, liquid waste management, air quality, biodiversity, conservation, community and economic development, legal liability and insurance. Supplemental materials include three adaptation scenarios, checklists for local governments and links to other adaptation projects and resources.

The Guide was developed under the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative and funded by Natural Resources Canada and the Fraser Basin Council, with support from the BC Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

2010 - Government of British Columbia

The Water Conservation Calculator is a free, web-based decision support tool designed primarily for water managers in small to medium-sized communities in British Columbia. A user who has compiled the community water system data can test a variety of water conservation strategies. The outcomes can be measured, and reports and charts generated, to show how water conservation measures can save both money and water. This tool can help communities fulfill the requirements of some provincial capital grant programs.

2012  — Christopher Allen Jensen (Master of Science Thesis), Department of Geography, University of Victoria

The purpose of this study is to determine if Low Impact Development (LID) can effectively mitigate flooding under projected climate scenarios. LID relies on run-off management measures that seek to control rainwater volume at the source by reducing imperviousness and retaining, infiltrating and reusing rainwater.

In general, the simulations suggest that if future extreme rainfall events follow the median climate change projection, then LID can be used to maintain or reduce flood hazard for rainfall events up to the 25-year return period. This study demonstrates that in a smaller urban watershed, LID can play an important role in reducing the flood impacts associated with climate change

About ReTooling for Climate Change

The ReTooling for Climate Change website is a project of the Fraser Basin Council to support local governments and First Nations in BC in preparing for climate change adaptation. The site is funded through the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC), a partnership program of the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Ministry of Environment – Climate Action Secretariat, with funding from Natural Resources Canada and other in-kind contributions.

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Also worth a visit

On this site, you’ll find links to many helpful websites on climate change adaptation.

For steps communities can take to mitigate climate change, check out the Climate Action Toolkit website.