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Investigations in Support of Flood Strategy Development in BC

An initiative to look at current issues, challenges and opportunities for flood management in British Columbia

The goal of the Investigations in Support of Flood Strategy Development in British Columbia initiative was to better understand current challenges and opportunities for a wide range of flood management issues in BC.

Between 2019 and 2021, consulting teams carried out 43 investigations (reviews) of flood-related issues. These were grouped into 11 distinct but interrelated projects that spanned flood governance, hazard and risk assessment, planning, structural and non-structural mitigation, forecasting, emergency response and recovery, and funding and resources.

The initiative was supported by funding from the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) managed and coordinated the projects as well as the overall initiative.

The resulting work is intended to inform the development of flood strategies and operations undertaken by different orders of government and other organizations that have flood management roles in BC. This includes the Province of British Columbia in its current work to develop a BC Flood Strategy.  (Note: This is, however, a separate project from the BC Flood Strategy, which is led by the Province of BC, and the Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy initiative, which FBC is coordinating in collaboration with government and non-government entities in the Lower Mainland.)

Key recommendations from the projects fall under eight general categories:

  • Facilitate training, education and knowledge sharing
  • Improve data, information and tools
  • Develop vision and targets
  • Strengthen guidelines and standards
  • Support integrated flood management approaches
  • Facilitate collaboration
  • Provide strategic and comprehensive funding
  • Adapt organizational roles and responsibilities

All projects point to the need for enhanced funding, capacity and governance for more effective flood management, including in the development of foundational information tools, flood management planning and emergency response planning, and implementation of flood mitigation measures.

Reports

Summary Report: BC Flood Investigations

Summary Report

The Summary Report (July, 2021), prepared by FBC, summarizes the context and key findings and recommendations from the 11 projects within this initiative.

Project Reports

These are the project reports prepared by consulting teams:

Contacts

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Fraser Basin Council:

Steve Litke E:

Frances Woo E:

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 throughout 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.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:
www.pluginbc.ca

Emotive:
www.emotivebc.ca

ReTooling for Climate Change:
www.retooling.ca

FBC Youth:
fbcyouthprogram.ca

Climate Action Toolkit:
www.toolkit.bc.ca 

Salmon-Safe BC
www.salmonsafe.ca

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

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
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