Topsoil is key to managing stormwater at the site level: Here’s how government can protect it.
The Topsoil Bylaws Toolkit was created to give local governments practical tools that support smart topsoil policies. The consideration of topsoil on a site is key to effective rainwater management and lowering the impact of development. As the changing climate becomes more variable, bringing more frequent, heavier storms and longer, hotter droughts, smart rainwater management becomes even more important. A well-designed landscape with healthy topsoil helps communities through both wet and dry times.
The Toolkit explores the following questions:
• Why is topsoil important?
• What aspects of topsoil science should be considered for management to be effective?
• What can local government do to insist on proper topsoil management?
The Topsoil Bylaws Toolkit is a project of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, the Green Infrastructure Partnership, and the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia. Financial Support for the project was provided by The Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development and the Okanagan Basin Water Board.
This Toolkit is an evolution of two topsoil primers developed by the Green Infrastructure Partnership in collaboration with municipalities showing leadership in the use of topsoil for rainwater capture, City of Courtenay, City of Surrey, and District of north Vancouver. (2012) Okanagan Basin Water Board (British Columbia).