A VOICE FOR URBAN DRAINAGE IN ALBERTA
The ALIDP, with more than 50 partners, represents a credible voice to and for government in Alberta. Many opportunities are currently available for providing input and advice on a variety of topics and at various levels of government. As a relatively new organization with limited capacity, we have selectively focused our efforts as follows.
Alberta Environment and Parks
Bow Phosphorus Management Plan
The ALIDP was heavily involved in the development of the plan, representing urban non-profits. ALIDP Executive Director, Leta van Duin, chaired the urban non-point source task team, which developed strategies and actions for the urban non-point source sector. Many ALIDP partners participated in this task team. Within the task team, we examined the sources of phosphorus, the barriers and opportunities around the implementation of low impact development, and had numerous discussion about the strategies, actions, and activities which would result in reduction of phosphorus reaching the river from urban lands. The task team ultimately made four priority recommendations for inclusion in the plan:
- Examine the need for phosphorus restriction in lawn-maintenance fertilizer in the residential context.
- Establish volume targets throughout the planning area.
- Establish provincial policy to enable stormwater reuse.
- Conduct bioretention performance research.
As this plan is currently voluntary (under the Surface Water Quality Management Framework), meetings now focus on sharing the efforts underway by various agencies to meet the recommendations of the plan. Meetings are every second month, attended by the Executive Director. Download the plan.
in 2015, videos were compiled to highlight different perspectives on the plan.
Pigeon Lake Watershed Management Plan
Since 2015, the ALIDP has been assisting the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association develop the stormwater chapter of its Watershed Management Plan. A major part of the work has been the development of the Clean Runoff Action Guide, currently in preliminary draft for the residents of Pigeon Lake. The Guide provides property owners with information on how to evaluate their own properties to ensure that the 1" rainfall event is retained on site. A future volume will provide guidance on measures for planning and public spaces.
OTHER PLANS and PROJECTS
The ALIDP provides input, advice and review of plans, projects and outreach materials for its partners and stakeholders, as requested and as time permits. Input has been provided on AUMA's Stormwater Policy Recommendations, the Bow River Basin Council's WMP Phase II, the City of Calgary LID Modules, and the Provincial Reuse Policy.