Managing Stormwater

Although stormwater systems are designed to manage precipitation (e.g. rain and snow), contaminants are often carried with rain into our stormwater drains, which are connected to our creeks, streams and marine shorelines.

fishdrain-hhThe CRD helps support local governments in managing stormwater systems. This support ranges from monitoring stormwater quality, administrating bylaws and creating stormwater management tools, resources and information.

Industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) facility operators also have an important role in protecting stormwater quality draining to our local environment. By adhering to applicable regulations and adopting best management practices, stormwater contaminants can be significantly reduced.

Municipalities in the region have bylaws that provide regulatory powers that prohibit certain types of wastes from being discharged into stormwater drains in order to protect public health and the environment. Contact your municipality for relevant regulations. On the Saanich Peninsula, contact the CRD for more information.

Saanich Peninsula Stormwater Bylaw: Central Saanich, North Saanich & Sidney

CRD has created Bylaw No. 4168 to regulate stormwater discharges to the municipal drainage systems on the Saanich Peninsula. The bylaw provides regulatory powers to prohibit certain types of wastes from entering stormwater drainage systems in order to protect municipal infrastructure, public health, local streams and waterways, and the marine shoreline environment. Read more >>

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Regional Resources:

Voluntary Best Management Practices (BMPs) provide business sectors with information and suggested practices aimed at minimizing the negative impact that their activities and/or operations could have to our stormwater quality:

What to do with Liquid Wastes:

  1. Ensure proper disposal and the transportation of waste to a disposal or treatment facility.
    and /or
  2. Ensure you have an Authorized waste discharge to sewer.

Stormwater News: