Nicomekl River Integrated Stormwater Management Plan

The Township and the City of Langley (City) recognize the importance of clean water, productive fish habitat, and healthy natural areas for the environment and the community. In 2017, they commissioned Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. to develop an Integrated Stormwater Management Plan for the Nicomekl River watershed.

What is an Integrated Stormwater Management Plan (ISMP)?

It is an action plan for protecting and improving watershed health. The ISMP process preserves watershed health as a whole, while meeting community needs, and allowing development and re-development to occur. Much has been done in different areas of the Nicomekl watershed with stormwater management and creek enhancement, but this comprehensive review will focus on the future possibilities.

Where is the study area?

Nicomekl River Integrated Stormwater Management Plan Map

The study area includes the Nicomekl River upstream of (generally east of) 196 Street, and the streams and areas that drain to it. The map shows the approximate extent of the study area. The study area totals approximately 7,400 hectares, with 6,350 hectares located within the Township, and 1,050 hectares located within the City.

What are the key issues?

The Nicomekl River watershed has been affected by urbanization/development and agriculture, such that it was identified as an endangered watershed in the lower Fraser Valley in 1992. Much has changed since then to improve matters, but many of the previously identified issues persist, including:

  • poor water quality
  • loss of streamside trees and shrubs
  • low summer baseflows
  • increasing amount of hard surfaces (roofs/pavement)

Fieldwork is currently underway to identify additional issues, and we are seeking your input to make sure we have the complete picture.

Our Vision

Both the Township and City have sustainability goals to protect water quality, preserve natural areas and sensitive habitats, increase biodiversity, and minimize environmental impacts. An important goal of this ISMP is to begin to reverse the declining health of the Nicomekl River watershed through strategic action.

Input on values and issues that matter to people across the Nicomekl watershed was collected for 3 months via an on-line survey, and the results are being compiled and sorted. If you would like more information, please contact the following:

David Zabil
Project Manager
Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.
Township of Langley

Water Resources and Environment

City of Langley

Engineering, Parks & Environment Department