Abstract Title

Session S-10B: Cleaning Our Waters: Moving Forward on Green Infrastructure

Keywords

Stormwater

Start Date

2-5-2014 1:30 PM

End Date

2-5-2014 3:00 PM

Description

The Metro Vancouver region’s Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan includes a regulatory requirement that links community planning to watershed health. The Province requires municipalities to develop Integrated Stormwater Management Plans for watersheds within their boundaries by 2014. In 2012, an intergovernmental and multi-disciplinary working group was tasked with developing a consistent program to monitor hydrological, biological and chemical indicators of watershed health. The program would be used by municipalities of different sizes, drainage patterns and budgets. The working group members are drawn from representatives of Metro Vancouver and its Environmental Monitoring Committee (EMC), Stormwater Interagency Liaison Group (SILG), and British Columbia Ministry of Environment. The Metro Vancouver region’s weight of evidence Adaptive Management Framework was developed to provide guidance for Metro Vancouver municipalities for development of watershed monitoring programs to enable reporting out to the Ministry of Environment on a biennial basis regarding the effectiveness of watershed-based planning initiatives and the health of their watersheds. If the Ministry of Environment is satisfied that the monitoring approach proposed by the Adaptive Management Framework could result in improvement of Integrated Stormwater Management Plans and protect stream health, the deadline for municipal completion of these plans may be extended from 2014 to 2016.

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May 2nd, 1:30 PM May 2nd, 3:00 PM

Stormwater: Monitoring and Adaptive Management in the Metro Vancouver Region

Room 608-609

The Metro Vancouver region’s Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan includes a regulatory requirement that links community planning to watershed health. The Province requires municipalities to develop Integrated Stormwater Management Plans for watersheds within their boundaries by 2014. In 2012, an intergovernmental and multi-disciplinary working group was tasked with developing a consistent program to monitor hydrological, biological and chemical indicators of watershed health. The program would be used by municipalities of different sizes, drainage patterns and budgets. The working group members are drawn from representatives of Metro Vancouver and its Environmental Monitoring Committee (EMC), Stormwater Interagency Liaison Group (SILG), and British Columbia Ministry of Environment. The Metro Vancouver region’s weight of evidence Adaptive Management Framework was developed to provide guidance for Metro Vancouver municipalities for development of watershed monitoring programs to enable reporting out to the Ministry of Environment on a biennial basis regarding the effectiveness of watershed-based planning initiatives and the health of their watersheds. If the Ministry of Environment is satisfied that the monitoring approach proposed by the Adaptive Management Framework could result in improvement of Integrated Stormwater Management Plans and protect stream health, the deadline for municipal completion of these plans may be extended from 2014 to 2016.