Creating Safe Cities for Salmon: Exploring How Government Policy Aligns with the Salmon-Safe Urban Standards
About the Research Study
A joint research study between the Pacific Water Research Centre (PWRC) and the Fraser Basin Council (FBC) points to the need for engaging municipal governments and the general public in better understanding the use of nature-based solutions for preventing water pollution and protecting salmon. All the study participants noted that nature-based solutions play a key role in a more sustainable and resilient future. Over 90 percent of them agreed that our current urban development practices are not sustainable for the long-term health of the Lower Fraser Watershed. The study found that a lack of provincial enforcement and involvement in the recent years in managing urban watersheds has led to a slow and limited uptake of sustainable solutions. It argues the provincial government could play a significant role in enforcing stricter standards and regulations to support local governments.