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Active ISMPs

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Surrey is currently managing several projects for Integrated Stormwater Management Plan (ISMP) studies being developed by various consultants. An ISMP can take 1 to 2 years to develop and involves a large stakeholder group in the community. Everyone living and working in a watershed has an effect within the catchement and the consultants working on the various ISMPs are interested in learning about the vision of development you have for the watershed you are within. All of the ISMPs in the list below are expected to be completed in early 2015.  Contact EngWebmail@surrey.ca or 604-591-4340 if you would like more information on any of the active ISMP projects.

Active ISMPs

  • Anderson Creek
  • Bon Accord - North Slope (East)
  • Bridgeview - North Slope (West)
  • Cruikshank and Grenville
  • Elgin, Barbara, and Anderson Creeks
  • Latimer
  • Ocean Bluff and Chantrell Creek
  • South Westminster
  • Upper Serpentine

Anderson Creek

See the detailed Anderson Creek ISMP area here. Initiated in 2012, the Anderson Creek ISMP is a joint project with the City of Surrey and the Township of Langley. The overall watershed is approximately 3,200 hectares with about 20% west of 196 Street and in the City of Surrey. Roughly half of the watershed within Surrey is in the Agricultural Land Reserve while the remainder is either planned for industrial and commercial uses within the Campbell Heights Local Area Plan or currently zoned as agricultural within the Official Community Plan.

Bon Accord-North Slope (East)

See the detailed Bon Accord-North Slope (East) ISMP area here. Initiated in 2013, this ISMP consists of the Bon Accord and North Slope (East) catchments. The study area drains north into the Fraser River and covers an area of approximately 2,100 hectares. Generally, each sub-watershed within this ISMP study area contains a developed upland area with urban residential and commercial land uses draining down the North Slope escarpment to the lowlands adjacent to the Fraser River. Overall, in-fill development and re-development are expected in the upland areas but substantial land use changes are not expected.

Along the Fraser River, there is a portion of the study area within the200-year return period floodplain where there is no dyke protection. Land uses in the lowlands are primarily industrial and commercial where the railways are a significant presence. Flooding of the lowland areas is a concern due to limitations in drainage capacity imposed by low gradients and inadequately sized drainage structures. Significant fisheries water courses exist in these catchments in both the lowlands and upland portions of the study area.

The Bon Accord-North slope (East) consultant team is actively looking for input into the plan development and has highlighted more information about the Bon Accord-North slope (East) ISMP process on it's own webpage.

Bridgeview-North Slope (West)

See the detailed Bridgeview-North Slope (West) ISMP area here. Initiated in 2012, the Bridgeview-North Slope study area includes the Bridgeview and North Slope (west) watersheds. As a northern gateway to the City, this study area is a highly developed and visible neighbourhood that will also be impacted by major capital projects in the near future. These major projects include extension of the Fraser River dykes, South Fraser Perimeter Road, Pattullo Bridge replacement, Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, and Metro Vancouver’s North Surrey Interceptor twinning. The study area drains north into the Fraser River and covers an area of about 750 hectares. Current land uses in the Bridgeview-North Slope study area are predominantly urban and industrial. There are no areas of substantial greenfield development. Future land uses will be affected by the Surrey City Centre plan which starts south of 112 Avenue. Almost half of the overall study area is within the 200-year floodplain of the Fraser River. Drainage relief into the River is provided through a number of floodboxes and pump stations.

Cruikshank/Grenville

See the detailed Cruikshank/Grenville ISMP area here Initiated in 2011, this ISMP covers the Cruikshank and Grenville watersheds which are almost completely developed with industrial and urban residential. Commercial “big box” store developments, a small number of multiple residential developments, a BC Hydro site, BC Hydro high voltage transmission lines, Southern Railway of BC (SRBC) main track and industrial spurs, and the west portion of Bear Creek Park are located within the study area.

The study area is 1,380 hectares and slopes from west to east at an average gradient of 2.0 %. A portion of the drainage area is within the Corporation of Delta. The study identifies three catchments; Delta: 80 ha, Cruikshank: 779 ha, and Grenville: 521 ha. The ISMP study area is located upstream of the Bear Creek ISMP study area.

Historic development and old engineering ideas have impacted some of the natural waterways and have limited some fish access into upper reaches of the catchment. There are also some historic water quality concerns from past industrial practices in the area. Improving fish access, riparian areas and water quality are focuses of the ISMP.

Elgin, Barbara, and Anderson Creeks

See the detailed Elgin, Barbara and Anderson creeks ISMP area here. Initiated in late-2012, the Elgin, Barbara, and Anderson Creeks ISMP study area drains north into the Nicomekl River upstream of the sea dam. The study area covers approximately 870 hectares and includes three watercourses. The three water courses are fisheries spawning systems. For years volunteer stream keepers have been helping to protect and manage the in stream and riparian habitat.

Current land uses in the Elgin, Barbara, and Anderson Creeks area are predominately urban and suburban. The area may be subject to long term re-development into higher density urban land uses. Various land use plans exist for the area to guide development. The ISMP confirms past drainage strategies to mitigate development practices plus adds new science to be included in the servicing designs.

Latimer ISMP

See the detailed Latimer ISMP area here. Covering the Latimer catchment, the ISMP study area is approximately 615 Ha. The study will focus on the north catchment of Latimer creek.

The land use is rural agricultural and suburban. Long term development will see increasing density to single family residential and commercial. The ISMP will focus on the development while protecting fish habitat and lowland farms.

The Latimer consultant team is actively looking for input into the plan development and has highlighted more information about the Latimer (ISMP) process on it's own webpage.

Ocean Bluff / Chantrell Creek

See the detailed Ocean Bluff/Chantrell Creek ISMP area here. The Ocean Bluff Chantrell Creek ISMP was initiated in 2012. Chantrell Creek drains north into the Nicomekl River while the Ocean Bluff catchment drains north into Mud Bay, west into Boundary Bay, and south into Semiahmoo Bay. The overall study area comprises 1,800 hectares, including both the Ocean Bluff and Chantrell Creek watersheds. The area is developed as suburban and urban with no substantial development or re-development anticipated.

For many years the City and local stream keepers have worked on Chantrell Creek to improve fisheries passage and habitat plus address erosion concerns. Chantrell is open to the marine river system however in a modified alignment. One of the key outcomes of this study will be to look at restoring the historic alignment of the creek.

South Westminster

See the detailed South Westminster ISMP area here. Initiated in late-2012, the South Westminster ISMP study area drains northwest into the Fraser River and covers an area of approximately 1,250 hectares. It encompasses the following watersheds: Manson, Old Yale, and Pattullo. Current land uses in the South Westminster study area are predominately urban and industrial with very few areas of greenfield development. The study area contains the South Westminster Neighbourhood Concept Plan (2003) which outlines local continued redevelopment. Approximately 140 ha of the overall study area is within the 200-year floodplain of the Fraser River and drainage relief into the river is provided through floodboxes and pump stations. There are numerous significant infrastructure projects underway or planned in the near future for this area including the South Fraser Perimeter Road, Metro Vancouver’s North Surrey Interceptor twinning, Port Metro Vancouver Fraser Surrey Docks expansion and the new Pattullo Bridge.

Some historic waterways which were significantly altered in the past exist in the study area. The City has been working to enhance these to improve their fisheries values and wildlife capabilities for many years. Additional measures will be recommended within the ISMP.

Upper Serpentine

See the detailed Upper Serpentine ISMP area here. In late 2013, the City of Surrey began preparing an Integrated Stormwater Management Plan (ISMP) for the Upper Serpentine Watershed in order to protect the health of the watershed. The study area includes both urban and suburban land uses, including one of Surrey’s commercial hubs (Guilford Town Centre) and an important regional park (Tynehead Park). The Upper Serpentine consultant team is actively looking for input into the plan development and has highlighted more information about the Upper Serpentine ISMP process on it's own webpage.

Related Content

Latimer ISMP

Learn about the Latimer ISMP process and how you can be involved.

Bon Accord-North Slope (East) ISMP

Learn about the ISMP process underway in the Bon Accord-North Slope (East) area and how you can be involved