This week Trans Mountain committed $30,000 over two years toward the Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy which will undertake significant work to strengthen flood hazard management and protection works across BC’s Lower Mainland.

“Trans Mountain is pleased to collaborate with local governments, First Nations and other organizations to look at effective, proactive flood management planning” said Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada. “Flood protection planning for the Lower Mainland is important for critical infrastructure such as the Trans Mountain Pipeline and we hope our participation adds to the success of this regional initiative.”

Trans Mountain has pipeline integrity and emergency management programs in place to manage operational concerns related to flooding along the pipeline. Flooding is one of the hazards taken into consideration during the planning and detailed design of the pipeline. Trans Mountain is prepared for a variety of emergencies and natural hazards including lightening strikes, earthquakes, avalanches and floods.

The Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy, launched in July, is identifying opportunities to strengthen flood management practices, policies and flood protection works across the Lower Mainland using an integrated, collaborative process. The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is the facilitator and program manager for the initiative.

"The Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy is aimed at better protecting communities and critical infrastructure in the region from the risk of Fraser River and coastal flooding," said David Marshall, Executive Director for FBC. "There are now over 40 partners supporting the strategy, including federal, provincial and local governments and other public and private entities with interests and responsibilities in floodplain zones. It's an unprecedented opportunity to research and evaluate flood risks and consequences, what mitigation measures and plans are already in place, what gaps exist and what steps are needed for a comprehensive regional plan."

More information is available at on the Fraser Basin Council website.

About Fraser Basin Council:

The Fraser Basin Council is a non-profit society that has been working to advance sustainability of the Fraser River Basin and across BC since 1997. FBC brings various levels of government, the private sector and civil society together to find solutions to sustainability issues, with a focus on healthy watersheds and water resources, climate change action and air quality and healthy, resilient communities. More: www.fraserbasin.bc.ca

The Fraser Basin Council coordinates the Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy. Partners in the strategy to date are:

Governments

Government of Canada
Province of British Columbia (four ministries)
City of Abbotsford
Village of Belcarra
City of Burnaby
City of Chilliwack
City of Coquitlam
Corporation of Delta
Fraser Valley Regional District
District of Hope
District of Kent
Township of Langley
Village of Lions Bay
City of Maple Ridge
City of New Westminster 
City of North Vancouver
District of North Vancouver
City of Pitt Meadows
City of Port Coquitlam
City of Port Moody
City of Richmond
District of Squamish
City of Surrey
City of Vancouver
Metro Vancouver
District of West Vancouver
City of White Rock

Other Entities

BC Agriculture Council 
BC Wharf Operators Association
Canadian National Railway
Canadian Pacific Railway Greater
Vancouver Gateway Council
Kinder Morgan Canada
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Port Metro Vancouver
Simon Fraser University (ACT)
TransLink
Vancouver International Airport