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Convening for Action in Lower Mainland

Metro Vancouver Reference Panel applauds region’s “Integrated Liquid Waste & Resource Management Plan”


“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. “The Final Plan provides the means to translate the visionary Metro Vancouver Sustainability Framework into tangible actions on the ground,”

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Metro Vancouver Reference Panel presents Final Report on region’s Liquid “Resource” Management Plan


“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. “As we have progressively absorbed and synthesized information, our understanding has grown and we have identified opportunities to create linkages among the different areas of action.”

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Metro Vancouver Reference Panel presents Interim Report on region’s Liquid “Resource” Management Plan


The advisory Reference Panel developed a total of nineteen recommendations covering five theme areas. Marvin Hunt, Chair of the Waste Management Committee, proposed that several of the recommendations be used for illustrative purposes, thereby providing the committee with an appreciation of the ‘WHY’ behind the Reference Panel recommendations. This resulted in an interactive and workshop-type discussion as various Panel members elaborated on recommendations pertaining to wet weather flows, source controls and watershed planning.

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Metro Vancouver Reference Panel recommends monitoring long-term cumulative impacts of multiple contaminants in liquid discharges


“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.

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Metro Vancouver Reference Panel recommends mandatory source control program for liquid wastes


“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.

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