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Open Burning Practices and Policy Options Study for the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD)

posted on 7:27 PM, July 6, 2016

Project leader: Rebecca Abernethy

The objective of this project is to provide a replicable framework and set of tools for assessing open burning practices in the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) and to present novel options for reducing emissions and associated negative impacts from these practices in the FVRD. This project will quantify what is being burned, by whom and why (through development and execution of surveying and other methods) and what the impact is on air emissions and ambient air quality (including the development of a simple tool to project impacts from future potential open burns). It will specify novel best management practices and policy options for reducing open burning prevalence and its impact. This work may also identify and address gaps in the existing Provincial Open Burning and Smoke Control Regulation and address issues specific to this region.

This research project will significantly benefit not only the FVRD, but also other communities. It will do so through its replicable methodology, tools for assessing open burning situations, recommendations for best management practices, and policy options to reduce impacts from open burning.

Read the final report.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

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

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

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Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

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FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

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

T: 604 488-5350