“Member municipalities will develop a coordinated program to monitor stormwater and assess and report the implementation and effectiveness of Integrated Storm Water Management Plans (ISMP). Metro Vancouver and member municipalities are encouraged to have land use planning consider the direction provided by the ISMPs. Coordination with municipal planners will be important to successful integration," wrote Environment Minister Terry Lake.
“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,” summarized Avtar Sundher, Ministry of Environment, in a 2011 statement
“Delta has completed three watershed-based plans, known as Integrated Stormwater Management Plans or ISMPs. Our urban areas are built out. This reality means there are limited opportunities for slowing, spreading and sinking rainwater. We are effectively limited to retrofitting of rain gardens within road corridors in order to provide rainwater infiltration that protects stream health," states Hugh Fraser.
“The City of Coquitlam’s Official Community Plan requires that a Watershed Plan be completed before a Neighbourhood Plan can be developed. The City is on schedule to complete watershed plans for all urban areas by the end of 2014 in order to meet the regulatory commitment required of municipalities in the Metro Vancouver region. At present, six plans are completed and being implemented and six others are in development," reports Melony Burton.
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