Watercourse Protection

There are many kilometers of creeks, streams and rivers stretching across Coquitlam. Protecting these watercourses is important as they offer valuable services such as providing habitat for many aquatic plants and animals. The City coordinates a variety of watercourse enhancement initiatives, implements monitoring programs and supports legislation to protect our watercourses.

Watershed Management 

Integrated Watershed Management

For all urban watersheds, Coquitlam is developing Integrated Watershed Management Plans (IWMP) to preserve watershed health, while also meeting community needs and facilitating growth and development. IWMP’s use a Net Environmental Benefit approach that strives to improve fish and fish habitat.

Another watershed project includes compiling a repository of information on the activities that the many different groups within the Coquitlam River watershed have been involved in as they relate to gathering data or restoring habitat along the River. These groups include: Streamkeepers, BC Hydro, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Metro Vancouver and representatives of the aggregate industry. 

Committees and Stewardship

Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable

The Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable is a collaborative body that coordinates and implements activities which promote the long-term sustainability of the watershed, based on the agreed-to values and vision of the watershed. The formation of the Roundtable was the successful outcome of a multi-phase, five year watershed planning process aimed at improving collaboration and problem-solving among the many stakeholders in the watershed.

The Roundtable does not have authority to make decisions that are the jurisdictional or legislative responsibility of governments or the legal responsibility of any other entity that is participating in the Roundtable. Governments and government agencies will participate, but the Roundtable will be an independent entity, not under government direction.

The Roundtable is guided by a Core Committee, representing the many watershed sectors of interest. Given adequate resources, public Roundtable meetings will be held at least twice each calendar year: spring and fall.

The types of activities the Roundtable undertakes, given adequate resources, include coordinating monitoring efforts, participating in the preparation of a plan for the watershed, sponsoring educational events, or working towards consensus on issues that affect the watershed.

The Roundtable is gratefully supported by the cash and in-kind resources provided by the Fraser Salmon and Watersheds Program, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Cities of Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam, and Kwikwetlem First Nation.

Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable Email: info@coquitlamriverwatershed.ca
Website: www.coquitlamriverwatershed.ca

Best Management Practices

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  • 1. Clean Water Management

  • 2. Access/Egress Controls

  • 3. Perimeter Control Measures

  • 4. Onsite Water Management

  • 5. Storm Inlet Protection

  • 6. Disturbed Surfaces Protection (Erosion Control)

  • 7. Paved Road Surfaces Sweeping/Maintenance

Engineering & Public Works Customer Service

24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week

Phone: 604-927-3500

Please Note: The Engineering Customer Service email is only monitored during regular business hours. Please call if you have an emergency.

Email: epw@coquitlam.ca

3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 7N2