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Although stormwater systems are designed only to manage precipitation (e.g. rain and snow), contaminants can be carried with rain into our storm drains, which to lead our creeks, streams and the nearshore marine environment.
The Capital Regional District (CRD) helps support local government's role in managing stormwater systems. The supporting role ranges from monitoring stormwater discharges and creating stormwater management outreach materials to creating and administrating bylaws.
Industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) facility operators play an important role in protecting our local environment. By adopting stormwater best management practices and adhering to applicable regulations, contaminant loading to the environment can be significantly reduced.
Municipalities throughout the region have bylaws that provide regulatory powers to prohibit certain types of wastes from being discharged into storm sewers and watercourses to protect the environment, public health, municipal infrastructure, watercourses and the nearshore marine environment. Contact your municipality for relevant regulations. On the Saanich Peninsula, contact the CRD for more information.
Storm Sewer and Watercourse Protection Bylaw on the Saanich Peninsula
One of the proactive regulatory tools CRD watershed management staff developed is the Storm Sewer and Watercourse Protection Bylaw for the Saanich Peninsula: CRD Bylaw No. 4168. The bylaw provides regulatory powers to prohibit certain types of wastes from being discharged into storm sewers and watercourses to protect the environment, public health, municipal infrastructure, watercourses and the nearshore marine environment.
Best Management Practices
Best Management Practices (BMPs) provide the public and business sectors with educational information and suggested practices aimed at minimizing the negative impact that their operations could have as a result of stormwater contamination. To date, six BMPs have been developed: