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Published on Apr 19, 2012
Visit the Bowker Creek Initiative homepage @ www.bowkercreekinitiative.ca The Bowker Creek Initiative (BCI) has developed this Bowker Creek Blueprint: A 100-year action plan to restore the Bowker Creek Watershed to provide partner municipalities, the Capital Regional District, the community and other land stewards with information and guidance to manage and restore the watershed and creek corridor over the long term (i.e., 50 to 100 years). This blueprint is to be implemented over a period of decades in recognition that change can be slow in the urban environment. Having a plan in place will ensure that positive changes can happen incrementally, and that opportunities for major improvements can be achieved as they arise. The recommendations in this blueprint support the vision and the four goals described in the Bowker Creek Watershed Management Plan, adopted by BCI members in 2003:
BOWKER CREEK WATERSHED VISION The varied human uses and natural areas in the Bowker watershed are managed to minimize runoff and pollution, making Bowker Creek a healthy stream that supports habitat for native vegetation and wildlife, and provides a community greenway to connect neighbourhoods.
Goal 1. Individuals, community and special interest groups, institutions, governments, and businesses take responsibility for actions that affect the watershed.
Goal 2. Manage flows effectively
Goal 3: Improve and expand public areas, natural areas, and biodiversity in the watershed
Goal 4. Achieve and maintain acceptable water quality in the watershed