“In 2001, Metro Vancouver’s member municipalities recognized the benefits of this approach and made a legal commitment to the Province to have ISMPs in place by 2014 for their watersheds,” reports Robert Hicks.
2011 ISMP Course Correction
“ISMP Course Correction” will help Metro Vancouver municipalities fulfil regulatory commitments and “achieve more with less”
“Local governments bear the entire financial burden to stabilize and restore watercourses impacted by increased rainwater runoff volume after land is developed or redeveloped. The resulting unfunded ‘infrastructure liability’ is a driver for the ISMP Course Correction,” stated Ted van der Gulik.
“The Province is challenging local governments to think about what infrastructure asset management entails BEFORE an asset is built. The paradigm-shift starts with land use planning and determining what services can be provided sustainably, both fiscally and ecologically,” stated Glen Brown.
“Conditions that apply to the approved Metro Vancouver plan highlight the importance of land use planning in protecting stream health. The conditions focus attention on how the degree, type and location of land development can affect the long-term health of the watershed,” summarizes Avtar Sundher, Ministry of Environment.
“Water accumulates and flows as interflow through the topsoil as it follows the path of least resistance (rather than through the underlying tighter soils). This explains why surface flows from pervious surfaces are often observed to be nil,” states Jim Dumont, Engineering Applications Authority for the Water Balance Model Partnership.
“The ‘Level-of-Service’ approach is becoming the integrator for everything that local governments do. What level of service does a community want, and what level can it afford? These choices will eventually determine the level of effort expended in conjunction with restoring or protecting watershed functions over time,” states John McMahon.
“The City of Surrey, Bowker Creek Initiative and District of North Vancouver stand out because of their sustained commitment to outcome-oriented approaches: Establish the vision, set the target, and then implement,” observes Corino Salomi.”
“An ISMP is a potentially powerful tool. It can generate the blueprint for truly integrated and coordinated action at a watershed scale. The experience of pioneer leaders serves as a guide for an approach that is affordable, connects with the community, and gets the watershed vision right,” states Kim Stephens.