Situated on Burrard Inlet and surrounded by forested mountains, Port Moody has a beautiful natural environment. Living in a city surrounded by wilderness means that we need to take extra precautions to develop with care around Environmentally Sensitive Areas, manage wildlife interactions, remove invasive plants, and help protect natural habitats with responsible lawn and garden practices.

Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs) are natural areas where City works and development must proceed with care. We have Development Permit Guidelines to guide development in and adjacent to ESAs. Tree and vegetation removal is restricted in ESAs. Riparian management setbacks are specifically identified in the Zoning Bylaw to keep development activities away from sensitive riparian environments around streams and watercourses.

Protect our streams

Our streams support salmon and other important aquatic life. To protect stream water quality conditions, we need to limit the discharge of prohibited substances into City storm sewers, which drain into streams or oceans. Responsible lawn, garden and property care practices help prevent discharges to streams. Substances that are prohibited under our Stream and Drainage Protection Bylaw from entering City storm sewers or streams include:

  • chlorinated water
  • dirt
  • oil
  • grease
  • paint
  • fuel
  • solvent
  • soaps

You can dispose of leftover paints, solvents, flammable liquids, pesticides, and gasoline to:

Biggar Bottle Depot
2577 Kingsway Ave.
Port Coquitlam

Reporting pollution

To report an environmental emergency such as a spill, chemicals being washed into a storm drain, or a contaminated stream, contact Environment and Parks at 604-469-4574.