Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Cross-Border Local Leadership Exchange I: Water Quality in Border Areas'

Description

Metro Vancouver (MV) is a partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. It also provides a regional liquid waste utility function to over 2.4 million residents in the Lower Mainland.

Management of liquid waste and stormwater in the Region is conducted in accordance with the provincially approved Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ILWRMP). As per the ILWRMP requirements, advice on environmental management and stormwater management initiatives in the Region is received from the two inter-governmental committees: Environmental Monitoring Committee (EMC) and Stormwater Interagency Liaison Group (SILG), respectively.

Under the auspices of the EMC and SILG, and with the MV planning and coordination, member municipalities have developed a coordinated program to monitor stormwater and assess and report on the effectiveness of the measures taken in response to the degradation of watershed health by urban development, agriculture, and rural residential practices. However, the ultimate success of the municipal measures implemented to address the health of local streams and watersheds will be assessed based on the findings of Metro Vancouver’s Boundary Bay and Burrard Inlet ambient monitoring programs.

The presentation will provide an overview of the process, issues and challenges, as well as the opportunities associated with collaboration with number of stakeholders interested in improvement of health of the regional water bodies.

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Regional Utility Role in Managing Water Quality in Border Areas

2016SSEC

Metro Vancouver (MV) is a partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. It also provides a regional liquid waste utility function to over 2.4 million residents in the Lower Mainland.

Management of liquid waste and stormwater in the Region is conducted in accordance with the provincially approved Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ILWRMP). As per the ILWRMP requirements, advice on environmental management and stormwater management initiatives in the Region is received from the two inter-governmental committees: Environmental Monitoring Committee (EMC) and Stormwater Interagency Liaison Group (SILG), respectively.

Under the auspices of the EMC and SILG, and with the MV planning and coordination, member municipalities have developed a coordinated program to monitor stormwater and assess and report on the effectiveness of the measures taken in response to the degradation of watershed health by urban development, agriculture, and rural residential practices. However, the ultimate success of the municipal measures implemented to address the health of local streams and watersheds will be assessed based on the findings of Metro Vancouver’s Boundary Bay and Burrard Inlet ambient monitoring programs.

The presentation will provide an overview of the process, issues and challenges, as well as the opportunities associated with collaboration with number of stakeholders interested in improvement of health of the regional water bodies.