Metro Vancouver’s role
In consultation with municipalities, Metro Vancouver provides planning and maintenance services for specific facilities in the Still Creek - Brunette River Drainage Area (the Brunette Basin) and the Port Moody - Coquitlam Drainage Area. Metro Vancouver is responsible for channeling stream flows in these areas by making sure that designated culverts, creeks and grills are kept clear and functioning properly.
Still Creek – Brunette River Drainage Area
The Still Creek-Brunette River Drainage Area is a large, highly urbanized watershed. The 73 km2 drainage area has over 200,000 residents and covers parts of Burnaby, Vancouver, Coquitlam, New Westminster and Port Moody (see map).
In recent years, Metro Vancouver has replaced the Cariboo Dam fish ladder, allowing fish to return to local creeks for the first time in decades. It has also worked with community groups to coordinate stream clean-ups and tree planting, cleared blockages and improved fish habitat.
Metro Vancouver facilitates the Brunette Basin Coordinating Committee, which coordinates stewardship and maintenance activities in the watershed and implements actions outlined in the Brunette Basin Watershed Plan. The committee includes municipalities, streamkeeper groups, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
Port Moody – Coquitlam Drainage Area
The Port Moody-Coquitlam Drainage Area is just over 7 km2, has 13 creeks and covers parts of Port Moody and Coquitlam (see map). Recent Metro Vancouver maintenance activities in this drainage area include installing flow monitors, installing large pipes, clearing blockages and maintaining fish ladders to ensure fish passage. A long-range integrated stormwater management plan for the drainage area is currently being developed.