Reports & Documents



Phase I Background & Research - Reference Inventory for Coquitlam River Watershed

During Phase I of the Coquitlam River Watershed Strategy initiative, JR Environmental undertook a review to research and summarizes the many documents relevant to the overall health of the river. Though not exhaustive, it represents an impressive list of reports about the Coquitlam River Watershed for several topic areas: Heritage/Archeology; Environmental Management; First Nations; Fish/Aquatic; Flood Control; Recreation/Tourism; Riparian Zone; Water Quality; Water Supply and Use; Wildlife/Habitat and more.

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Phase I - Background and Research 

The Story of the Coquitlam River Watershed - Past, Present and Future, Phase I of the Coquitlam River Watershed Strategy project was to complete a background research and summarize the many documents that have been produced over the years that have been relevant to the overall health of the river. Further research involved the development of an accountability framework to look at the many jurisdictions and the various legislation and mandates in the watershed.

Phase II - Stakeholder Engagement and Visioning

Coquitlam River Watershed Strategy Community Engagement & Visioning, Phase II - Seeking a Common Vision for the Coquitlam River Watershed. Phase II involved an engagement and visioning process designed to bring together a multifaceted group of stakeholders to engage in a series of community workshops to establish a Common Vision for the Coquitlam River and to develop guiding principles to support decision making. The steps and results of Phase II are provided in this report.

Phase III - Governance Strategy and Development

Coquitlam River Watershed Strategy Governance Strategy and Direction Setting, Phase III. The focus of Phase III was to formalize a governance structure and terms of reference for a Coquitlam River Watershed planning team to collaboratively develop a watershed plan that integrates the common vision, values and priorities developed in Phase II.

Lower Coquitlam River Fish Habitat Requirement Study

Report created for the Coquitlam River technical committee to investigate species and life stage-specific habitat preferences in the Coquitlam River.

Coquitlam Dam Flow Release Interim Ramping Rate Monitoring Report

Report created for BC Hydro summarizing rampdown events (where flow is decreased from dam outlets) occurring on the Lower Coquitlam River. Rampdown monitoring helps minimize impacts to aquatic communities downstream of dams.

Water Powers of Canada - Province of British Columbia

This early historical report was prepared for the Dominion Water Power Branch in connection with the water power exhibit of the Dominion Government in the Canadian Pavilion Exposition in 1915.

BC Mining Plan: Report on Progress, January 2007

The BC Mining Plan: Report on Progress outlines the progress in achieving the goals of the BC Mining Plan, a plan for a successful mining exploration and mining sector for British Columbia.

BC Energy Plan - A Vision for Clean Energy Leadership

The BC Energy Plan sets out a strategy for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and commits to unprecedented investments in alternative technology based on the work that was undertaken by the Alternative Energy Task Force.

Governance Elsewhere

The Estuary Management Plan for the Fraser River - A Living Working River, Updated 2003

The Fraser River Estuary Management Program (FREMP) is an intergovernmental partnership among federal, provincial, and regional governments and port authorities to coordinate planning and decision-making in the Fraser River estuary.

The Estuary Management Plan provides a framework for intergovernmental cooperation on how and where current and future use of the water and shoreline will occur along with linkages to adjacent upland areas within the Fraser River estuary.

Setting a New Course in British Columbia– Water Governance Reform Options and Opportunities 

By Oliver M Brandes and Deborah Curran

Water governance receives less attention than water management in discussions of overall reform of water systems, yet good governance is critical to addressing issues of sustainability and development for regional and provincial prosperity.

This policy discussion paper compares three possible governance models for water management in British Columbia. The purpose of this work is to contribute to the dialogue about governance reform in the province by presenting a range of reform options. And is also part of a broader effort to show how governance fundamentally affects water management and is therefore a key priority to sustain water resources into the future.

Nisqually Watershed Stewardship Plan

In 2003 the Nisqually River Council launched an effort to update the Nisqually River Management Plan. The result was this Nisqually River Stewardship Plan. The plan developed would ensure that the work of the past two decades to preserve and restore the watershed could be sustained in the future. The plan is a community-based plan that is being voluntarily carried out by landowners, neighbours, and communities; cities and countries; state and federal government; and the Nisqually Indian Tribe.

Journeys in Stewardship - Rediscovering our Humanity and Reclaiming our Citizenship

Stewardship means many things to many people. Jim Ellsworth provided an engaging presentation at the Habitat Conservation and Stewardship Program April 2001 Mid Term meeting. Ellsworth's message is that to advance stewardship, is to just do it. Stewards are the ones who provide a voice for future generations.

Chilliwack River Watershed Strategy

This report serves as a living document for the Chilliwack River Watershed Strategy developed through the dedicated effort and vision of many individuals and organizations that provided their valuable knowledge, experience, ideas, time and inspiration. Starting in 2003, a planning process was initiated "to provide a common understanding of watershed values, based on sound science and local knowledge, to assist in decision-making that will promote and improve the sustainability of the Chilliwack River watershed."

Watershed Management in Ontario

This report examines the lessons that have been learned in the past decade to identify the best practices currently being used in watershed management in Ontario. As quoted in this report, "Effective watershed management is place-based and must reflect the distinct local environmental and social context of a place."

Stewardship, Good Governance and Ethics 

This is a Policy Brief prepared by the Institute on Governance, of several policy briefs this non-profit organization provides as part of their work to explore, share and promote good governance in Canada and overseas.

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