The District of Squamish has received federal funding in the amount of $400,000 from the Strategic Priorities Fund stream of the Canada Community-Building Fund to create a Sustainable Stormwater Service Delivery Plan (SSSDP) for Brackendale and Garibaldi Estates. The SSSDP will provide a foundation for community growth, changes in regulatory standards and best practices, climate change and asset management tools.
The SSSDP will identify, assess and guide the management of all natural and built assets that provide stormwater drainage for watersheds, or catchments, north of the Mamquam River. The SSSDP will also include a 20-year capital plan, policies and regulations, and funding strategies to achieve sustainable stormwater service delivery well into the future.
“We know our natural assets provide many essential services and, in the stormwater context, it’s essential we understand and recognize their significance as we plan for sustainable service delivery for generations,” says District of Squamish Mayor Armand Hurford. “This project will allow us to create a tool that can grow and evolve with the community and really understand the benefits of further integrating natural assets into our master planning processes. A big thank you to our federal and provincial partners for these funds that will help to build resiliency in our community.”
Administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), the Canada Community-Building Fund helps to address challenges related to growth, climate change and the environment. The total cost of the project is $400,000 with an additional $50,000 of in-kind support provided by District of Squamish staff. This project is fully funded by the grant.
The SSDP builds on the District’s work over the last four years in the areas of asset and natural asset management, and integrated stormwater management work. The District’s 2022 Asset Management Plan safeguards service delivery and incorporates the District’s natural assets valued at $1.6 billion. Both plans address the key assets that the District owns or utilizes, and recommendations for management, repair and replacement.