Central Saanich wins Watershed Award for British Columbia

IBC and FCM announce winners of first annual Watershed Awards to recognize communities adapting to effects of climate change

TORONTO, May 29 /CNW/ - Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), has awarded the District of Central Saanich the 2010 Watershed Award for the province of British Columbia for its Integrated Stormwater Management Plan (ISMP).

This is the inaugural year of the Watershed Awards, which are part of FCM's Sustainable Community Awards and were presented this evening at FCM's 73rd Annual Conference and Municipal Expo(TM) in Toronto. The awards were created to recognize Canadian municipalities that have taken proactive measures to reduce their vulnerability to storm and wastewater damage.

"Severe weather resulting from climate change has become a formidable foe," said Lindsay Olson, Vice-President, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, IBC. "Insurers see first-hand the impact and havoc this causes for individuals and communities. The Watershed Awards shine a spotlight on communities that have taken the initiative to adapt to the effects of climate change to protect their citizens and, in the process, inspire other communities to follow their lead," she added.

FCM President Basil Stewart, mayor of Summerside, PEI, said: "Municipalities are among the leaders in the battle against climate change. It's important to recognize the most innovative measures being implemented by municipal governments across the country to reduce storm and wastewater damage in their communities."

Integrated Stormwater Management Plan (ISMP), District of Central Saanich

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg8fw2vhW_Y

Central Saanich was the first municipality on Vancouver Island to create an ISMP following the guidelines and recommendations of the BC Stormwater Planning Guidebook. The goal of the project was to restore the dispersal of rainwater flows to near predevelopment levels and substantially reduce the damage caused by erosion, extreme variability of water flows, and degradation of water quality. Members of government agencies, area farmers, representatives from local interest groups and district staff worked together to develop proactive solutions to deal with the changes to the district's stormwater system and natural habitat brought about by urbanization.

About IBC

Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 110,000 Canadians, pays more than $6 billion in taxes to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $39 billion.

About FCM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. With more than 1,800 members, FCM represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction. Members include Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities and 18 provincial and territorial municipal associations.

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SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

For further information: For further information: IBC: Ellen Woodger, (416) 483-2358; or Pete Karageorgos, (416) 362-2031 ext. 4329; FCM: Maurice Gingues, (613) 907-6399 or mgingues@fcm.ca


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