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Consolidated Environmental Managment Plan for Burrard Inlet

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The Consolidated Environmental Management Plan for Burrard Inlet contains four parts and seven appendices:

Part A: Setting the Context contains an introduction to the Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program. It outlines the purpose and rationale for a Consolidated Environmental Management Plan for Burrard Inlet, and provides background on Burrard Inlet's ecosystem, its six sub-basins and oceanography.

Part B: Existing Environmental Management outlines the existing environmental management systems in Burrard Inlet. It identifies who is managing the Inlet, describes the key environmental responsibilities and summarizes the policies and programs of the BIEAP partners.

Part C: Environmental Management - Shared Goals, Objectives and Recommended Actions contains the shared goals, objectives and recommended actions that the BIEAP partners have agreed to pursue through the next decade and beyond. The shared goals and objectives and the partnership's actions are organized around several environmental management directions pertaining to:

  • Water Quality/ Waste Water Management and Air Quality;
  • Historically Contaminated Lands and Sediments, and
  • Healthy Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Key environmental policy directions are identified for the entire Burrard Inlet Basin as well as for each of the six sub-basins within the Burrard Inlet. The sub-basins of Burrard Inlet are the Outer Harbour, False Creek, the Inner Harbour, the Central Harbour, the Port Moody Arm and Indian Arm.

A series of maps highlight selected ecological features in Burrard Inlet. These maps will provide an inventorial basis from which decision-making mechanisms and implementation activities can be established.

Part D: Implementing the Plan focuses on the implementation and monitoring aspects associated with achieving the BIEAP partners' shared goals and objectives. This section also identifies communication and education strategies to implement the Consolidated Environmental Management Plan.

Part E: Contains Appendices to the Plan with special references to how the Consolidated Environmental Management Plan corresponds to the environmental goals and policies of the municipalities and First Nations surrounding the Burrard Inlet.


Consolidated Environmental Management Plan for Burrard Inlet
(the following files are downloadable in PDF format, due to the size of these files this may take a few minutes, dependent on your download speed)

Contents

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Executive Summary
  • How to Read this Plan
  • Summary of Recommendations and Actions

Part A: Setting the Context

Introduction

  • About the Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program (BIEAP)
  • BIEAP's Business: Policy Development and Operational Activities
  • Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program Accomplishments 1991 - 2001
  • Planning for Burrard Inlet: The Consolidated Environmental Management Plan
  • Purpose of the Consolidated Plan
  • Why a Consolidated Plan Now?
  • An Ecosystem Approach
  • Building the Plan: The Planning Process and Participants

Background

  • Introduction to Burrard Inlet: Past and Present
  • The Burrard Inlet Ecosystem
  • Burrard Inlet at a Glance: The Six Sub-Basins
    • Outer Harbour
    • False Creek
    • Inner Harbour
    • Central Harbour
    • Port Moody Arm
    • Indian Arm

Part B: Existing Environmental Management in Burrard Inlet

  • Overview
  • The Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program Partners and Key Responsibilities
  • Existing Policy and Planning Initiatives in Burrard Inlet
  • Environmental Management in Burrard Inlet: The Four Main Components
  • Water Quality/Waste Management in Burrard Inlet
  • Water Quality
  • Sources of Water Pollution in Burrard Inlet: Point and Non-Point
  • Stormwater
  • Combined Sewer Outfalls
  • Regulating Water Quality in Burrard Inlet
    • Federal Role
    • Provincial Role
    • Regional Role
      • The Liquid Waste Management Plan
    • Vancouver Port Authority Role
      • Regulation of Marine Activities
  • Monitoring Water Quality in Burrard Inlet
  • Air Quality In Burrard Inlet
  • Air Quality and the Greater Vancouver Regional District
  • Air Quality and Environment Canada
  • Historically-Contaminated Lands and Sediments in Burrard Inlet
  • Managing Contaminated Lands and Sediments
  • False Creek Sediments
  • Healthy Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Burrard Inlet
  • Protecting Fish and Fish Habitat
  • Protecting Migratory Birds
  • Protecting Endangered Species
  • Maintaining and Enhancing Biodiversity:Activities in Burrard Inlet
    • The GVRD's Green Zone and Ecological Land Areas (ELAs)
    • GVRD Drinking-Water Watersheds
    • The Vancouver Port Authority and Habitat Creation
    • Habitat Compensation Banking
    • Marine Protected Areas Strategy
    • Georgia Basin Ecosystem Initiative and the Great Vancouver Biodiversity Conservation Strategy
    • Local Government Initiatives
    • First Nations Initiatives
    • Community Groups and Stewardship Activities in Burrard Inlet
  • Environmental Assessment and Coordinated Project Review in Burrard Inlet
  • Coordinated Review Procedures
  • Burrard Inlet Environmental Committee
  • Port, Federal and Provincial Roles in the Coordinated Project Review Process
    • The Vancouver Port Authority
    • Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    • Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection

Part C: Environmental Management: Shared Goals, Objectives and Recommended Actions

  • Goals, Objectives and Partnerships Actions for the Entire Burrard Inlet Basin
  • Water Quality/Waste Management and Air Quality: Goal # 1, Objectives and Actions
  • Historically Contaminated Lands and Sediments: Goal # 2, Objectives and Actions
  • Healthy Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Burrard Inlet: Goal # 3 and Goal # 4, Objectives and Actions
  • Partnership Actions for the Sub-Basins of Burrard Inlet
  • Partnership Actions for the Outer Harbour
  • Partnership Actions for False Creek
  • Partnership Actions for the Inner Harbour
  • Partnership Actions for the Central Harbour
  • Partnership Actions for the Port Moody Arm
  • Partnership for Indian Arm
  • Shared Program Principles
  • Community Awareness, Consultation and Education
  • Program Management
  • Decision-Making

Part D: Implementing the Plan

  • Working Relationships to Implement the Plan
  • Five-Year Plan Review
  • Plan Implementation Committee
  • State of the Environment Report
  • Burrard Inlet review Committee (BERC) and Coordinated Project Review
  • Funding Commitments for Research and Monitoring

Part E: Appendices

  • Appendix 1 - Plan Glossary
  • Appendix 2 - Jurisdictional Considerations
  • Appendix 3 - Community Groups and Stewardship Activities in Burrard Inlet
  • Appendix 4 - Creating Linkages: Local Governments and First Nations
  • Appendix 5 - Sample Annual Work Plan
  • Appendix 6 - Memorandum of Understanding Respecting the Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program
  • References

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