“There is alignment and consistency between the Reference Panel’s nineteen recommendations and the Final Plan. It is a solid, well-written document; and most importantly, it is action-oriented. We applaud Metro Vancouver staff for a job well-done,” stated Kim Stephens, Reference Panel Chair.
“Our Final Report is the culmination of several thousand hours of volunteer time and effort. The heart of the report is the three-page table titled A Recommended Policy Framework for Liquid Resource Management in Metro Vancouver. It is reader-friendly, and is complete with on-the-ground examples," stated Kim Stephens.
“The ‘Surrey Forum’ was designed to start a dialogue between policy-makers and project implementers. The program was built around the HOW question as it pertains to green infrastructure," stated Vincent Lalonde.
"The Reference Panel story is an important one, and has provincial relevance. This citizen advisory group has developed a policy framework that has influenced the region's Liquid Resource Management Plan," stated Mike Tanner.
"Current senior government regulations deal with one contaminant at a time and even though levels may be below some set threshold, the presence of multiple contaminants and their interaction can have impacts on organisms in the long term that are not being considered. The Cautions, Warnings, Triggers process now used by Metro Vancouver focuses mainly on individual contaminants," stated Ken Hall.
"Fats, oils and grease (FOG) waste discharges from commercial establishments have significant impacts on the capacity and condition of the sanitary sewer collection system, and therefore have substantial cost implications over time. This is the reason why we recommended that the region provide additional financial incentives, enforcement resources and automated monitoring technologies," stated Garry Cooper.
"The four recommendations by the Reference Panel are intended to help Metro Vancouver create a 'financial road map'. In turn, this will help communicate what is involved in implementing liquid resource management infrastructure in a fair and equitable manner," stated Mark Hodgson.
"Metro Vancouver and its members need to resolve the persistent and costly sanitary "Inflow & Infiltration Issue" by acting on policy and legal tools that enable municipalities to implement timely and appropriate measures on private property," stated Shaun Carroll.