Municipal Natural Assets Initiative — Cohort 2 National Project Summary Report: Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick
David Suzuki Foundation and partners
Authored by: Michelle Molnar, Jeff Wilson, Josh Thiessen, Amy Taylor, WWF Canada, Simon J. Mitchell, Cheekwan Ho
Partners: Smart Prosperity Institute, Town of Gibsons, Roy Brooke and Associates
Cities, Climate solutions, Biodiversity eco-assets, New Brunswick, community and culture, economics, land use, natural capital, Municipal Natural Assets Initiative
The Western Valley Regional Service Commission, World Wildlife Fund Canada and Town of Florenceville-Bristol partnered with the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative to understand how proper management of natural assets such as forests could work alongside engineered infrastructure such as culverts and bridges to help manage stormwater, control erosion and reduce or prevent flooding at lower cost and increased resilience to climate change.
Increasingly frequent and intense rainstorms along the Saint John River in the Florenceville-Bristol region of New Brunswick have caused major flooding, ongoing damage to culverts, expensive repairs, road washouts and access issues for residents and emergency services.
The Town of Florenceville-Bristol had already taken an inventory of what traditional municipal assets it has and was ready to explore how natural assets could work alongside traditional infrastructure.
The project developed two scenarios that examined flood and stormwater flows in two predominantly forested watersheds. The results showed that the forested regions are providing a value of $3.5 to $4.1 million because, if those areas changed from being predominantly forest to agricultural land, that’s how much it would cost to recreate the stormwater management services to the same levels that the forests are currently providing. Developing a natural asset management plan would help protect and even enhance stormwater services for the long term. These findings provide the basis for improved asset management in the project area and beyond.
Municipal Natural Assets Initiative — Cohort 2 National Project Summary Report: City of Courtenay, British Columbia
This project summary shows how natural infrastructure can help local governments and communities reduce flood risks. Communities like the City of Courtenay recognize it is as important to understand, measure, manage and account for natural assets as engineered ones.
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.