Municipal Natural Assets Initiative — Cohort 2 National Project Summary Report: Riverview, New Brunswick
David Suzuki Foundation and partners
Authored by: Michelle Molnar, Jeff Wilson, Josh Thiessen, Amy Taylor, James Bornemann, Marc-André Long, Caitlin Brawn, Cheekwan Ho
Partners: Smart Prosperity Institute, Town of Gibsons, Roy Brooke and Associates
Cities, Climate solutions, Biodiversity, Oceans and fresh water eco-assets, New Brunswick, community and culture, economics, land use, water systems, natural capital, Municipal Natural Assets Initiative
The Town of Riverview wanted to understand how proper management of the natural assets within the community contributes to improved stormwater management.
The focus of the project was a large proposed development area within the Mill Creek Watershed, adjacent to a nature park. The town’s plan is to incorporate nature into the development to provide a seamless transition from one area to the other.
The project modelled scenarios for four wetlands to assess how they respond under different climate and development conditions. Results indicate that the wetlands’ stormwater services can be valued between $1.07 million (current value for one-in-five-year storm event) to $2.73 million (future value for a one-in-100-year storm event + proposed development).
The project demonstrates the need to actively manage the wetlands and avoid the need to build engineered alternatives, information that the community plans to act on through bylaw changes.
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: 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: 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.