The health of the Coquitlam River is steadily improving, thanks to the efforts of the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable. Learn how this multi-sector stakeholder group along with the municipality’s participation helps support the long-term sustainability of the watershed.
Because clean water is crucial for a healthy environment, the Coquitlam Watershed Roundtable was formed, to promote the long-term sustainability of the Coquitlam River watershed.
“The Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable is a multi-sector stakeholder group,” explains Steffanie Warriner, Manager – Environmental Services for the City of Coquitlam. “It’s diverse and meant to encompass all interests represented through the watershed.”
The City of Coquitlam plays an important role in these efforts as part of the core committee of the round table and through the work of the city’s environmental services department.
In 2012, with the support of the Roundtable, the City of Coquitlam began performing water quality tests, gathering the data necessary for an accurate picture of the overall health of the watershed. It’s not a common role for a municipality, but it points to the importance the city places on maintaining the health of this vital waterway. So far the results are promising.
“So far, our main findings for 2012 indicate overall good health for the river system,” says Warriner.
Now the round table will build on its initial success, developing a watershed management plan for the Lower Coquitlam River. The City of Coquitlam is continuing its key role in the project during this second phase.
To learn more about the work of the Roundtable and the City of Coquitlam’s environmental stewardship efforts, please visit their websites: