"ISMP Course Correction" aligns with Metro Vancouver's proposed Ecological Health Plan
In May 2010, the Metro Vancouver region adopted a comprehensive and holistic strategy for managing liquid discharges and rainwater resources. Two years in the making, the Integrated Liquid Waste & Resource Management Plan established the framework for moving beyond regulatory compliance to transitioning Metro Vancouver to an approach where watershed-based planning is integrated within a broader, sustainability framework.
In November-December 2010, the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia released a 5-part series about considerations driving a course correction in the way ‘Integrated Stormwater Management Plans’ (ISMPs) are undertaken.
Each year, Metro Vancouver prepares an Action Plan for the organization’s work in the years ahead. Metro Vancouver Action Plan 2011 lays out specific goals, targets and actions to meet regional priorities. One of these priorities is ecological health.
The region has committed to protect and restore an interconnected network of habitat and green space, account for ecosystem services, and enhance the connection between people and nature. The Integrated Plan is the regulatory driver for ISMPs, and the ‘course correction’ is the tool to make real the Metro Vancouver region’s proposed Ecological Health Plan.