Cycling has become more popular these days, especially with growing concern about climate change and the negative effects of having so many cars on the road. Metro Vancouver manages air quality in the region and one viable strategy for cleaner air is the development of infrastructure that makes cycling a viable choice for as many people as possible. At a local cycling conference, attendees learned how designing for timid cyclists brings benefits to commuter riders as well. The city of Burnaby has become a leader in this regard, and is the first city in Metro Vancouver to develop a standard that developers must adhere to when putting up buildings in Burnaby’s town centres. But rather than a burden, it’s being seen as great way to attract buyers.
After decades of disruption, many local streams are being engineered to encourage the return of spawning salmon. A key element is volunteer time and effort, coupled with municipal support. In West Vancouver, one of their 22 streams was enhanced at the foot of 19th St. Learn how volunteers and the city collaborated, making McDonald Creek more welcoming to salmon species heading upstream.
Waste collection took center stage at the New Westminster Uptown Live outdoor music festival. A new sponsor meant a chance to try something new with waste reduction. The event organizers teamed up with sponsors and suppliers to work towards a zero waste approach to the festivities. It’s part of a region-wide shift to food recycling programs, which are expected to help push waste diversion rates well above the 60% total achieved in 2013.
The Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area has two caretakers: the Corporation of Delta and Metro Vancouver. 2014 marks ten years of cooperation between the two levels of government protecting the bog, including monitoring water flows around its edge.
Electric cars are gaining in popularity because they are efficient, low-emission, and fun to drive. Now the City of Surrey is helping encourage their use throughout Metro Vancouver, with the Emotive awareness campaign and a host of new plug-in stations to encourage their use.
Stricter rules for construction site runoff, along with technology, are combining to make it easier to maintain the health of Coquitlam waterways. When silt and mud collect in streambeds, the habitat and food sources of fish and invertebrates get covered up. Bylaws like Coquitlam’s, which controls drainage and soil run-off, are part of the region-wide goal to protect waterways. See how contractors are using rain gauges to stay in compliance with local bylaws and protect habitat.
Barn owls are making the most of the Terra Nova Lands. See how nest boxes help to encourage breeding, while a banding program gives researchers a valuable tool to track and monitor the health of the owls, as the birds benefit from land use decisions. Barn Owls in Richmond are thriving in the open spaces of Terra Nova Rural Park. The park’s long grasses create habitat for small mammals… and that means lunch for owls. Continue reading
Join one of 10 work parties taking place across Metro Vancouver on Saturday, Oct 25 at the 1st Annual Regional Parks EcoBlitz! Join the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Ecological Restoration Team on Meetup to find a workparty near you or visit the Metro Vancouver events calendar for a listing of EcoBlitz events.
It’s an autumn tradition in Maple Ridge. Spawning salmon are returning to Kanaka Creek Regional Park and so is this popular family event!