Creating the Future in Coquitlam: Integrated Watershed Plans

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.

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Integrated Watershed Management: “We are guided by the principle of incrementalism,” explains the City of Coquitlam’s Raul Allueva

“In 2003, the City was clearly visionary when it first embraced and then formalized a watershed-based approach as a foundation piece in the Official Community Plan. The City has never stopped progressing. (we are) implementing change one step at a time and acknowledging that adjustments can be made along the way,” explains Raul Allueva.

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Implementing Watershed-Based Community Planning in Coquitlam: Source Control Challenges Led to a Refined Strategy

“The requirements for restrictive covenants, securities and professional oversight for design and installation proved to be particularly difficult for single family home builders and home owners. The requirement for an additional regulatory process and inspection at the building permit level also proved to be challenging for the City to implement,” reports Jason Cordoni.

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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.

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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.

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