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.

For frequent environmental inquiries, including various government and non-government agencies who may be able to assist depending on the nature of the concern, see the City’s Environmental Contact List.

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 Protection Bylaw from entering City storm sewers or streams include:: chlorinated water, dirt, oil and grease, paint, fuel, solvent, and 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 or environment@portmoody.ca.