British Columbia municipalities are in the awkward position of having responsibility for managing and mapping flood hazards without being provided the necessary resources to do this work by higher-level governments. In 2013, the BC Real Estate Association (BCREA) highlighted this problem in their flood mapping action plan.
In early 2014, the BCREA, with funding from the BC Real Estate Foundation, retained Sustainability Solutions Group and Ebbwater Consulting to develop a guidebook for local governments to help them find creative funding sources to develop flood maps. As part of this project Ebbwater Consulting provided technical reporting on the resources required to develop flood maps, and conducted research into flood mapping practices elsewhere in Canada and around the world. The Guidebook and accompanying Floodplain Mapping Backgrounder are available on the BCREA website.
January 2014 – April 2014