Nicomekl River ISMP

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October 16, 2015 to December 31, 2015

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. 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?

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 below 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.

We would like to hear from you. What is your vision for the watershed? What should the ISMP recommend for targets or goals?

Take the Nicomekl River Watershed Survey

By clicking on the link above you agree to participate in an online survey for the Nicomekl River Watershed Integrated Stormwater Management Plan (ISMP). This information is being collected to attain feedback on values and issues that matter to people across the Nicomekl watershed. Information you provide will be stored by and considered by Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. to complete the Nicomekl River ISMP for partners (Township of Langley and City of Langley). The information collected will only be used for the purposes of the survey. For further information about this survey, please contact David Zabil, Questions on privacy should be directed to Ritchie Lai,

Please fill out our survey or contact us at:

David Zabil
Project Manager
Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.
Tel: 604.293.3283

Art Kastelein
Township of Langley

Kara Jefford
City of Langley