New guidelines to improve stormwater managementNew guidelines to improve stormwater management<div class="ExternalClass220E1CACDE30437ABE0A4DFE82AE199A"><p>Managing stormwater is key to preserving our urban waterways. </p><p>In nature, trees and earth help absorb rain slowly, breaking down pollutants, refilling groundwater and keeping waterways healthy. Maintaining this cycle is a challenge in urban areas that are covered in buildings, roads and other surfaces that don’t allow rainwater to soak into the ground.</p><p>New guidelines developed by Metro Vancouver and its members aim to improve how stormwater is managed in residential areas across the region. Approved by Metro Vancouver’s Board in May, the guidelines encourage the use of features – such as absorbent landscaping and detention tanks - that allow rainwater to be absorbed into the ground instead of being channeled into storm sewers.</p><p>The guidelines are meant to apply when a house is torn down and replaced with a larger house, duplex or triplex. Each member jurisdiction is responsible for updating its bylaws and developing requirements that make the most sense for local conditions. </p><p>To support the guidelines, Metro Vancouver has created <a href="https://vimeo.com/219238337" target="_blank">a video</a> and is working on a homeowner’s guide that local governments can adapt for their residents. These and other stormwater resources are available on our <a href="/services/liquid-waste/drainage/stormwater-management/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Stormwater Management website</a>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-stormwatermanagement.jpg2017-06-29T07:00:00ZGP0|#4559f831-3b17-4c2c-8f55-ad81859dc712;L0|#04559f831-3b17-4c2c-8f55-ad81859dc712|Issue 33;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass3C182CD602FC4A5FA638120BB2604BBA"><p>New guidelines developed by Metro Vancouver and its members aim to improve how stormwater is managed in residential areas across the region. The guidelines encourage the use of features – such as absorbent landscaping and detention tanks - that allow rainwater to be absorbed into the ground instead of being channeled into storm sewers.</p></div>0