Municipal Natural Assets Initiative — Cohort 2 National Project Summary Report: City of Courtenay, British Columbia
David Suzuki Foundation and partners
Authored by: Michelle Molnar, Jeff Wilson, Josh Thiessen, Amy Taylor, Lisa Butler, Ryan O’Grady, Jody Rechenmacher, Cheekwan Ho
Partners: Smart Prosperity Institute, Town of Gibsons, Roy Brooke and Associates
Cities, Climate solutions, Biodiversity British Columbia, eco-assets, community and culture, economics, Indigenous Peoples, land use, natural capital, Municipal Natural Assets Initiative
Located on the Courtenay River flood plain, the City of Courtenay needed to understand how natural assets could help mitigate flood risks, especially in the downtown core, and to see how they compare to engineered alternatives in terms of costs and benefits.
Working with Municipal Natural Assets Initiative, the city developed four scenarios to determine how natural assets could mitigate flooding and modelled these options individually and in combination.
The results showed that natural asset improvements would reduce flood damages by between $723,000 to $2.4 million, while relocating at-risk buildings would cost approximately $6.8 million. In Courtenay, natural asset solutions need to be considered as part of a more comprehensive and phased flood-management strategy that includes the entire community.
Municipal Natural Assets Initiative — Cohort 2 National Project Summary Report: Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick
With increasingly frequent and intense rainstorms along the Saint John River causing major flooding and other issues, the Town of Florenceville-Bristol explored how natural assets such as forests could help manage stormwater, erosion and flooding at lower cost and increase resilience to climate change.
Municipal Natural Assets Initiative — Cohort 2 National Project Summary Report: Oshawa Creek, Ontario
The project measured how the natural assets in the city of Oshawa, Ontario, are currently reducing erosion and maintaining water quantity and quality, and identified opportunities to improve both through management and development practices.
Municipal Natural Assets Initiative — Cohort 2 National Project Summary Report: Riverview, New Brunswick
The Town of Riverview, N.B., valued stormwater management services of wetlands in hopes of avoiding building new infrastructure. The wetlands and surrounding areas provide valuable storage. If it is lost, increasingly costly stormwater designs will be needed.
Municipal Natural Assets Initiative — Cohort 2 National Project Summary Report: Sparwood, British Columbia
The District of Sparwood found ways to improve water quality in the Elk River through management of natural assets in a community concerned about the large stormwater flows that regularly dump sediment and other urban runoff into the river.
Municipal Natural Assets Initiative — Cohort 2 National Project Summary Report: Village of Riverside, New Brunswick
The Village of Riverside-Albert partnered with the Southeast Regional Service Commission (SERSC) to increase understanding of natural assets in the community and to learn how to manage them for a sustainable drinking water supply.