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Completed ISMPs

ISMP example of bioswale

Many areas in Surrey have complete Integrated Stormwater Management Plan (ISMP) studies developed with the primary goal of protecting the health of the City's watershed through assessing both urban and suburban land uses. To request a copy of any of the completed ISMPs listed below please contact EngWebmail@surrey.ca or call 604-591-4340.

Complete ISMPs

  • Boundary Creek
  • Campbell River Scoping Study
  • Cloverdale McLellan
  • Cougar Creek
  • Erickson Creek
  • Hyland Creek
  • Lower Bear Creek
  • Old Logging Ditch and Burrow's Ditch
  • Quibble Creek

Boundary Creek

See the detailed Boundary Creek ISMP area here. The Boundary /Shaw Creek ISMP was completed in 2012 as a joint study between the City of Surrey and the Corporation of Delta. Within Surrey, the study area was limited to the Boundary Park catchment. The Boundary Park catchment was developed in the 1980’s and includes a stormwater management pond with various greenbelts constructed to manage runoff. The ISMP found the existing Boundary Park pond to be effective in attenuating peak flows and reducing flow energy. In 2013, recommendations from the ISMP were implemented mainly through drainage servicing requirements for development applications within the study area.

Little Campbell River

See the detailed Little Campbell River ISMP area here. The Little Campbell River Integrated Stormwater Scoping Study was completed in 2011 as a joint study between the City of Surrey and the Township of Langley. This study area includes the McNally Creek watershed. The "Little Campbell River" ISMP process differs from other watershed ISMPs in Surrey.Given the huge area of the Little Campbell River watershed, the Scoping Study delineated the greater watershed into more manageable study areas and prioritized the sub-watersheds for further study based on the extent and timing of future development. To date, there has not been sufficient developmental pressure to warrant initiation of additional studies on these sub-watersheds.

For 2013, implementation of the Scoping Study has been primarily requiring the recommended interim stormwater volume reduction criterion for drainage servicing for the few development applications and inquiries received in the study area. As highlighted in the Scoping Study, water quality is a concern in the Little Campbell River system. On-going through 2013, the City has been working with the Boundary Bay Water Quality team, Arocha Canada, Little Campbell Watershed Society and our Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHaRP) team to conduct water quality monitoring, tracing of contaminants and rural residential, agricultural and industrial education campaigns.

Cloverdale-McLellan Creek

See the detailed Cloverdale-McLellan Creek ISMP area here. The Cloverdale-McLellan Creek ISMP was completed in 2011 and includes recommendations for on-site stormwater control targets for single lot redevelopments and new substantial developments outside the East Clayton NCP. In 2013, these recommendations were implemented through drainage servicing requirements for development applications within the study area.

The ISMP work was linked with the lowland study of the area. Integrating the two areas to determine interface issues and floodplain management was essential. The City is investigating the impacts of sea level rise (SLR) and climate change on the Serpentine and Nicomekl floodplains. This ISMP area may be significantly altered by future changes. Update of this ISMP area may advance due to study SLR study results.

Cougar Creek

See the detailed Cougar Creek ISMP area here. The Cougar Creek ISMP was completed in 2009 as a joint project between the City of Surrey and the Corporation of Delta. The recommendations from this study included stormwater volume control of frequent storm events, control of peak flows, and water quality treatment. Previous Master Drainage Plan (MDP) studies have been completed for this catchment prior to the ISMP and most of the MDP recommendations have been implemented or were incorporated into the ISMP. Key infrastructure to manage stormwater in the Surrey portion of the catchment included construction or modifications to various community ponds and fisheries streams both having flow and water quality preservation features. In 2013, recommendations from the ISMP were implemented mainly through drainage servicing requirements for development applications within the study area.

Erickson Creek

See the detailed Erickson Creek ISMP area here. The Erickson Creek ISMP was completed in 2010. In 2013, the recommendations from this ISMP were incorporated into the Stage 1 Land Use Concept for the Grandview Heights Area #4 Neighbourhood Concept Plan. This Stage 1 Concept was approved by Council in October 2013. The Stage 1 Concept includes an engineering report detailing the preliminary servicing required for the proposed land use plan. Due to the limited infiltration capacity of the surficial soils in the area, the Erickson ISMP had recommended a stormwater management strategy consisting of conventional community based detention ponds and Low Impact Development (LID) measures for developments in the Grandview Heights #4 area. This was included in the preliminary servicing of the Stage 1 report.

Hyland Creek

See the detailed Hyland Creek ISMP area here. Hyland Creek ISMP was completed in 2009 and includes recommendations for on-site stormwater control targets and various community detention facilities. In 2013, these recommendations were implemented through drainage servicing requirements for development applications within the study area. Community detention facilities have since been constructed on 146 St (which includes a porous parking lot), Sullivan park at 144 St. (incorporated in the recreation facility) and McLeod pond 141 St. (linked to riparian and biodiversity plan). The design of another large community detention facility in Newton at 70 Ave. has been completed and is awaiting area development to initiate construction.

Lower Bear Creek

See the detailed Lower Bear Creek ISMP area here. Lower Bear Creek ISMP was initiated in 2011 and covers approximately 2,000 hectares. The study area is located between 68 to 100 Avenues and 132 to 156 Streets. Hunt Brook, King, Prince, Enver, Price, Cub, Burke and several unnamed tributaries drain the catchment to the main stem of Bear Creek which in turn is tributary to the Serpentine River. This ISMP is located downstream of the Cruikshank and Grenville and Quibble Creek ISMPs. The catchment area is predominantly urban residential.

Most of the creek systems within this ISMP are active salmon spawning systems. Key aspects of the ISMP are to preserve water quality and riparian areas while meeting the needs of redevelopment. The ISMP provides strategies to mitigate the impacts of future densification.

Old Logging Ditch and Burrow’s Ditch

See the detailed Old Logging and Burrow's Ditch ISMP area here. The Old Logging Ditch and Burrow’s Ditch ISMP was completed in 2011. In 2013, recommendations from the ISMP were implemented through drainage servicing requirements for development applications within the study area. These recommendations included on-site measures such as a minimum layer of topsoil and minimum retention volumes with maximum allowable release rates and minimum required baseflow values plus installation of community facilities and diversion systems.

Quibble Creek

See the detailed Quibble Creek ISMP area here. Initiated in 2011, the Quibble Creek ISMP drains south into Bear Creek and covers an area of approximately 650 hectares. Current land uses are commercial, light industrial, and urban residential. Despite the high level of urbanization, environmental resources including Coho salmon and Cutthroat trout are present throughout the creek system.

Quibble headwaters originate in Surrey City Centre which is undergoing significant redevelopment. The ISMP recommendations are included in the Neighbourhood concept planning underway for the area. Some of the philosophies include turning back the development clock and limiting offsite runoff plus linking onsite stormwater design with landscape architecture. A symposium for developers, planners, engineers, architects and landscapers was held by the City in conjunction with this ISMP to link the professionals and work on solutions to serve multiple needs on development sites in high density settings. Over 70 professionals attended the session.