Planning Guides

The resources in this database provide legal mechanisms, innovative policies, and best practices that planners can use to help their communities adapt to climate change, protect green infrastructure, and carry out sustainable land and water use practices.

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Constructed Wetlands for Stormwater Management: An Okanagan Guidebook

Okanagan Basin Water Board
Published: 2018
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The guidebook provides information to support local governments in designing and implementing constructed wetlands (CWs) for stormwater retention and water quality improvement through treatment. It includes information on:
  • water treatment mechanisms of CWs, with an emphasis on stormwater;
  • the unique biophysical and socio-community attributes of the Okanagan Basin that are relevant to CW design, and guidance on design to optimize CW performance in the Okanagan;
  • best practices for CW construction, operations, maintenance, and monitoring;
  • regulatory requirements of wetland establishment and maintenance, including environmental permits, Water Sustainability Act requirements, and other applicable regulations;
  • how to incorporate habitat enhancement in CW design, while recognizing that stormwater retention and water quality improvement are the primary purposes of CWs;
  • potential funding sources including grant options to support design and construction of CW projects; and
  • the role of CWs in contributing to the Okanagan region’s potential for ecosystem-based climate change adaptation.

Subject Areas:
  • Climate Change
  • Drought
  • Flood
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Stormwater/Rainwater
  • Water Quality
  • Watersheds
  • Wetlands
Applications:
  • Climate Change Adaptation Plan
  • Drought Management Plan
  • Ecosystems Services Assessment/Plan
  • Flood Management Plan
  • Infrastructutre Plan
  • Stormwater/Rainwater Management Plan/Program
  • Watershed Plan
Tools:
  • Background Information
  • Best Practices
  • Legislation
  • List of Resources
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