GUIDANCE DOCUMENT (2004): A Natural Systems Approach to Stormwater Management – Implementing Low Impact Development at Burke Mountain
New Vision for Designing with Nature
“A new community is emerging in northeast Coquitlam at Burke Mountain. A key feature of planned development at Burke Mountain is a low impact, ‘natural systems approach’ to stormwater management,” stated Don Moore, Manager of Environment with the Wesbild Corporation, developers of the Westwood Plateau.
“As a major land owner in the area Wesbild is committed to utilizing sustainable, best management, stormwater practices in the development of its land. Wesbild’s approach will embrace evolving Low Impact Development (LID) strategies, a ‘design with nature’ philosophy, to create a greener community and achieve a sustainable interface for stream protection.”
Natural Water Balance Goal
“The stormwater management methods will strive to preserve the natural water balance. In simple terms this means designing to get stormwater into the ground and to keep it out of the pipes,” continued Don Moore.
“To support this objective, Wesbild has developed a manual that will serve as both a policy statement and a practical guide. Our goal is to integrate practical strategies to naturally balance rainwater volume and reduce runoff from our developed land.”
To Learn More:
To download a copy of the manual, click on A Natural Systems Approach to Stormwater Management: Implementing Low Impact Development at Burke Mountain, released in 2004 by Wesbild. The manual was a collaborative effort on the part of Don Moore and Kim Stephens.