“ISMP Course Correction” will help Metro Vancouver municipalities fulfil regulatory commitments and “achieve more with less”
Integrated Stormwater Management Plans (ISMPs)
In May 2010, the Metro Vancouver region adopted a comprehensive and holistic strategy for managing liquid discharges and rainwater resources. By 2014, “municipalities will develop and implement integrated stormwater management plans (ISMPs) at the watershed scale that integrate with land use to manage rainwater runoff”.
Consistent Approach to Stream Health
“Local governments bear the entire financial burden to stabilize and restore watercourses impacted by increased rainwater runoff volume after land is developed or redeveloped to a higher density. The resulting unfunded ‘infrastructure liability’ is a driver for the ISMP Course Correction,” states Ted van der Gulik, Chair of the Water Balance Model Partnership.
“Previous solutions to rainwater management did not directly link to stream health with detailed calculations. Rather, there was an assumption that rainwater capture was ‘good’ for the stream without offering up any analytic verification. The ISMP Course Correction provides the methodologies needed to effectively develop watershed objectives, and to assess the benefit of urban options and their direct impact upon the stream.”
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Posted September 2011