Coquitlam River Flood Management Process

Date: 2009

EcoPlan provided technical support and facilitation services in a decision-support project to address flood hazard mitigation issues on the Coquitlam River. This project was initiated following an appeal to the existing Coquitlam Water Use Plan (WUP). A planning process was designed in order to gain an improved understanding of how creative alternatives could better satisfy a complete set of management objectives – ultimately resulting in more broadly accepted and accountable outcomes. The approach was designed to facilitate thoughtful deliberation, build trust, encourage a spirit of collaboration among stakeholders and establish a basis for on-going learning. Working with stakeholders from federal, provincial, regional, local and First Nations governments alongside expert consultants, the process succeeded in bringing a new water use planning alternative to light and provided an effective framework for moving forward.