2014

Mar 04, 2014 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam’s Rain Gauge on Burke Mountain Provides Real Time Data

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - With the introduction of Coquitlam’s “Stream and Drainage System Protection Bylaw” in September of 2013, the City of Coquitlam has installed a data logger for rainfall monitoring on Burke Mountain in the northeast section of Coquitlam.

Storm water runoff from construction sites can erode disturbed soils, carry them off-site and contribute significant amounts of sediment (soil) to the surrounding environment. The data logger tool will give all developers, builders, environmental monitors and the general public real time information about the amount of rain collected to help them meet the bylaw’s requirements for erosion and sediment control.

The City of Coquitlam’s website has a hyperlink that connects directly to the rainfall data.  The City also provides a link to the Como Lake Avenue rainfall data via the Government of Canada, which is not a real time logger but is updated every 24-48 hours. Both of these can be viewed at www.coquitlam.ca/esc under Rainfall Monitoring.

The City of Coquitlam will monitor the northeast section data collected to ensure that all builders and contractors working in the neighborhood have up-to-date information so the relevant criteria in the new Stream and Drainage System Protection Bylaw will be followed to protect all watercourses in the northeast area of Coquitlam.

In an effort to protect and enhance the integrity of Coquitlam’s drainage system and aquatic environments, including creeks and rivers, the City of Coquitlam has adopted mandatory minimum best management practices through the new bylaw. Erosion and sediment control (ESC) techniques are important to maintaining a clean, healthy waterway ecosystem and supporting aquatic wildlife.

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For more information:
Steffanie Warriner,
Manager, Environmental Services Division
P: 604-927-3536
E: swarriner@coquitlam.ca