August 30, 2017
Request for Proposals: Fraser Valley Climate Adaptive Drainage Management Forum
Climate change is anticipated to result in an overall increase in annual precipitation with much of this falling as rain (and less as snow) during the winter, spring and autumn. Rain will also be concentrated in more frequent and intense precipitation events, resulting in greater challenges with managing runoff (both onto and off) the predominantly low-lying agricultural land base. Within this context, there is a need to integrate climate change considerations into decisions regarding regional and municipal drainage management, and agricultural drainage standards and practices.
The Enhanced Collaboration for Drainage & Ditch Management project, completed in spring of 2017, identified a number of areas for further consideration and action. One of the most significant gaps identified was around planning for drainage systems that are adapted for a changing climate. Please read more about the current project background, context and activities within the full RFP at the link below.
The overall objectives associated with this project are to:
- Develop and present precipitation projections particularly indices pertaining to extreme precipitation for the Fraser Valley. (The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium will be responsible for developing projections and associated maps.)
- Bring key agencies and individuals together to develop a shared understanding of projected precipitation changes and implications for runoff and drainage planning and management in relation to the agricultural land base.
- Identify information gaps, resource needs and priority actions to enable adaptation of runoff and drainage management in the Fraser Valley.
- Consider partnerships for pilot projects to support climate adaptive runoff and drainage planning and management.