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The Salmon-Safe BC Design Competition for Urban Development


The Challenge

Stormwater run-off is one of the largest non-point sources of pollution in urban areas affecting
the health of salmon and our watersheds. Stormwater often contains contaminants such
as hydrocarbons and heavy metals derived from vehicle exhaust, brakes and leaked fluids as well
as nutrients, pesticides and bacteria from urban and agricultural uses. During rainy days, these
contaminants are collected by rainwater, flow over large paved, impervious surfaces and drain into local fresh and marine waterbodies through storm drains and pipes.

The Salmon-Safe BC Design Competition for Urban Development challenges you to answer:

How can we reimagine our cities and design our urban buildings to adapt to climate change and address water quality, water quantity, and the restoration of aquatic and terrestrial habitat?

The Competition

The Salmon-Safe BC Design Competition for Urban Development provides an opportunity for
visionary, progressive and innovative development champions and other landowners to bring design
solutions for responsible land and water management to life. Winners will receive $6,000 each towards the cost of a Salmon-Safe assessment and certification, which includes technical support to implement low impact development solutions and Salmon-Safe urban standards on their site to address land and water impacts.

For details, see the competition details and guidelines.


Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Competition online application form
  2. Site plan for proposed development (emailed to Theresa Fresco at )

Deadline: September 30, 2018

Do you have more questions? You can contact:

Theresa Fresco
Regional Manager, Greater Vancouver Sea-to-Sky
T: 604-488-5363


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:

BuySmart Network:

BC Rural Network:

Rethinking our Water Ways:

ReTooling for Climate Change:

Climate Action Toolkit:

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel 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