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Next, Susan Rutherford will provide an overview of municipal responsibilities. This truism provides context for what follows:. Local government exerts control over rainwater runoff volume….through its land development and infrastructure policies, practices and standards.

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Next susan rutherford will provide an overview of municipal responsibilities

Next, Susan Rutherford will provide an overview of municipal responsibilities

This truism provides context for what follows:

Local government exerts control over rainwater runoff volume….through its land development and infrastructure policies, practices and standards


Effective Municipal Rainwater/Stormwater Management and Green Infrastructure to Achieve Watershed Health

Susan Rutherford

West Coast Environmental Law


Opportunities and scales for law and policy to effect change
Opportunities and scales for law and policy to effect change Green Infrastructure to Achieve Watershed Health

As owners of civic capital assets

As regulators of private activity

As community leaders and partners

Region-neighbourhood-site-building

The key to success is alignment,

achieved by working together….


Local gov t jurisdiction
Local Gov’t Jurisdiction Green Infrastructure to Achieve Watershed Health

Regional/community land use planning/consultation

Zoning and regulation of development (parking, runoff control, landscaping, development permit guidelines, subdivision servicing)

Nexus with drainage & sewage works authority, Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) responsibility

Other (environment, health protection)

Permits, licensing and standards

Finance (budgeting, reporting)


Strategy see commentary
Strategy (see Green Infrastructure to Achieve Watershed HealthCommentary)

  • Identify and protect natural Green Infrastructure for multiple services

  • Reduce watershed load (effective land use planning and urban containment)

  • Incorporate and retrofit engineered GI into devt plans

  • Use Water Balance Model to set targets

  • Adjust bylaws and policies to support objectives

  • Plan performance monitoring and follow-up

  • Budget for administrative and operations support


Senior government direction to provide a growing set of tools
Senior Government Direction: Green Infrastructure to Achieve Watershed HealthTo Provide A Growing Set of Tools


Opportunities and scales for law and policy to effect change1
Opportunities and scales for law and policy to effect change Green Infrastructure to Achieve Watershed Health

As owners of civic property

As regulators of private activity

As community leaders and partners

Region-neighbourhood-site-building

The key to success is alignment,

achieved by working together….


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