Coquitlam Water Use Plan, Coquitlam, BC

EcoPlan worked with BC Hydro to develop an innovative approach to stakeholder engagement for water use planning in the Coquitlam-Buntzen watersheds, located in Coquitlam, BC. EcoPlan facilitated an extensive engagement process, using decision analysis techniques to examine stakeholder values (and tradeoffs between them) in order to identify an optimal solution for operating the reservoir and associated hydroelectric facility.

A Consultative Committee of over 35 members was formed to review reservoir operations. The process involved many stakeholder groups, representing interests from five First Nations, hydropower, fish, recreation, flood, drinking water, heritage, and the environment. The Committee’s goal was to make informed choices for the best use of the available inflows and reservoir storage. Optimal outcomes were defined as best meeting the balance of stakeholder objectives. Although the topics involved were at times contentious, EcoPlan succeeded in achieving a consensus agreement on an operating strategy that will enable more informed decisions to be made on a preferred operating flow regime within fifteen years.