Integrated Watershed Management: “Develop approaches which balance idealism with pragmatism,” says Peter Steblin, Coquitlam City Manager

“We have arrived at a good place, but the journey has not been easy. In fact, we had to work our way through some pretty contentious periods. We persevered, we adapted and we progressed. We want other local governments to know about the good, the bad and the ugly of the Coquitlam story so that they may learn from our experience and know that it is okay to stumble," states Peter Steblin.

Implementing Rainwater Management in Coquitlam: New Stream and Drainage System Protection Bylaw

“The new strategy promotes a practical and proactive approach to erosion and sediment control that includes updated discharge criteria, clear roles and responsibilities, and mandatory best management practices. These changes were necessary to counter the erosion and sediment issues we were experiencing, especially in sensitive areas with substantial construction,” states Steffanie Warriner.

Coquitlam River Watershed – A Different Kind of Plan

"The Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable was formed in 2011 as a unique organization focused on advancing the health and sustainability of the watershed. The mandate of the group is to provide support to those with legislative authority so that they can make informed decisions about activities in the watershed," states Margaret Birch.