Presenter/Author Information

Amy Greenwood, Fraser Basin CouncilFollow

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Utilizing Green Infrastructure to improve Water Quality and Environmental Outcomes in the Urban Realm

Description

An overview of environmental impacts arising from traditional urban development approaches – including deterioration of water quality and stream function largely due to “grey” stormwater infrastructure. This will be compared with more recent approaches to urban development that seek to improve ecological function by incorporating low impact, “green” infrastructure in Metro Vancouver and other urban centres. Case-study findings to demonstrate the effective application of green infrastructure across different land-use and development types will be summarized. The case will be made for post-development monitoring and research partnerships to inform the wide-scale application of green infrastructure to improve water quality and environmental outcomes in the urban realm. The importance of local and regional government leadership to support adoption of green infrastructure within private sector development will be highlighted along with innovative mechanisms to finance and incentivize mainstream adoption of green infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest region.

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Telling tales: implementing effective stormwater mangement to green the urban realm

An overview of environmental impacts arising from traditional urban development approaches – including deterioration of water quality and stream function largely due to “grey” stormwater infrastructure. This will be compared with more recent approaches to urban development that seek to improve ecological function by incorporating low impact, “green” infrastructure in Metro Vancouver and other urban centres. Case-study findings to demonstrate the effective application of green infrastructure across different land-use and development types will be summarized. The case will be made for post-development monitoring and research partnerships to inform the wide-scale application of green infrastructure to improve water quality and environmental outcomes in the urban realm. The importance of local and regional government leadership to support adoption of green infrastructure within private sector development will be highlighted along with innovative mechanisms to finance and incentivize mainstream adoption of green infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest region.