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Flood Management

Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy


Leaders gather for launch of the Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy in July 2014. Work on Phase 1 will be wrapping up in late 2015, with reporting out in early 2016.

Collaboration for Flood Protection Across the Region

In 2014 a new initiative was begun: to develop a Lower  Mainland Flood Management Strategy to better protect  communities along the lower Fraser River and coast – from  Hope to Richmond and from Squamish to White Rock.

Partners in this inter-jurisdictional initiative have responsibilities or interests  that relate to flood management: the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, 26 local governments, and other entities in the region, including those focused on transportation systems, agriculture and business.

In BC the risk of catastrophic loss from flood is greatest in the Lower Mainland because of its large population (over 300,000 people inhabiting the floodplain alone) and critical infrastructure that is of regional, provincial and national significance.  

There is growing understanding that federal, provincial, local and First Nations government agencies and other public and private sector organizations must come together to coordinate flood mitigation efforts on a regional basis. The costs of responding to a major flood event far outweigh the costs associated with effective, proactive planning and investments across the region.

The Fraser Basin Council is program manager and facilitator of the process.

About the Strategy


The Flood Management Strategy will identify opportunities to strengthen flood management policies and practices as well as flood protection works across the Lower Mainland. An integrated, collaborative approach to flood protection is critically important, given the flood risks that Lower Mainland communities face and given that a major flood would have serious social, economic and environmental consequences for the entire region.

There are two phases to the strategy development:

  • Phase 1 (2014-2015) involves a review of a range of flood scenarios that may threaten the Lower Mainland as well as a regional analysis of flood vulnerabilities, protective works, policies and practices.
  • Phase 2 (2016 onward) will focus on developing the Regional Flood Management Strategy and options for funding and implementation.

Learn More

flood_lmfls_cover_175px.pngFor more on the Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy, see our backgrounder.

Questions? Contact Steve Litke, Senior Program Manager, Watersheds and Water Resources.


Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and across BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351