Stormwater Management Stormwater Management <div class="ExternalClass7F3CEC87F00C49E4A07E44B3E2082110"><p>​This program includes a Monitoring and Adaptive Management Framework (the Framework), and a region-wide baseline for onsite rainwater management suitable for single-family properties. The Framework, developed by Metro Vancouver, member municipalities, and the Ministry of Environment would result in improvement and protection of stream health in the region.  </p><p>Protecting this region’s waterways from the pressures of urban development is a challenge. The Framework is intended to reduce stressors to aquatic health, including contaminants carried from developed areas in urban runoff and/or by changes in stream flow regime brought on by urbanization. </p><p>The Framework will provides our member municipalities with a collaborative, consistent and efficient regional approach to protect aquatic health and satisfy provincial regulatory requirements. As a management tool, the Framework helps local governments prioritize and make informed decisions on where to focus limited resources to gain the most cost-effective and measurable results for protection of our region’s valuable watersheds.</p><p>The region-wide baseline is expected to include elements like onsite rainwater management suitable for single-family properties. The baseline would demonstrate that simple techniques like extra topsoil and permeable pavements can significantly mitigate the impacts of densification and redevelopment.  The draft baseline is anticipated to be ready for public consultation this summer so that stream protection is incorporated at all levels of development.<br>Over<br> the last decade, Metro Vancouver and our member municipalities have developed guidelines for green infrastructure solutions and have begun to implement these integrated plans. The effectiveness of this new approach and the use of green infrastructure such as rain gardens, extra topsoil, and more trees is evident in our municipalities’ work with land developers, businesses, and community groups. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/a8-stormwater.jpg2015-04-15T07:00:00ZGP0|#923c98f2-db26-4fa0-8ad4-bed6c5ee91e6;L0|#0923c98f2-db26-4fa0-8ad4-bed6c5ee91e6|Issue 8;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass201DCEB3A3954AB390BE5DE608DB7A4E"><p>The provincial Minister of Environment’s approval of our<a href="/services/liquid-waste/plans-reports/management-plans/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan</a> requires that Metro Vancouver assist <a href="/boards/membership/board-members/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">member municipalities </a>to develop a coordinated program to monitor <a href="/services/liquid-waste/drainage/stormwater-management/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">stormwater</a>, and to regularly assess and report on the implementation and effectiveness of their respective Integrated Stormwater Management Plans. </p></div>