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 streams and the marine environment.

Working Together

To get involved with environmental initiatives in Port Moody, check out upcoming Environment Events & Volunteer Opportunities. You can register for activities through our Recreation department.

To learn more about best practices and key environmental topics, visit our Monthly Tips for a Sustainable Future page.

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. In Port Moody, we promote the Naturescape B.C. program to support healthy streams and wildlife habitat on private and public property through Naturescaping.

Protect our Streams

To protect the environment prohibited substances must not be discharged 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 Bylaw from entering City storm sewers or streams include:: chlorinated water, dirt, oil and grease, paint, fuel, solvent, and soaps.

To increase public awareness of stormdrains and their direct link to fish habitat, you can sign out a stormdrain-marking kit from the municipal Works Yard. This simple kit includes all the equipment you need to install yellow fish decals on pavement to highlight where stormdrains are located. Note that these special decals are being offered in place of yellow paint and stencils. To sign out a stormdrain-marking kit for yourself or your volunteer group, email

You can dispose of leftover paints, solvents, flammable liquids, pesticides, and gasoline at the Port Coquitlam Return-It Depot, located at 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 or