Why Still Creek is important
Today, Still Creek is one of only two remaining visible streams in urban Vancouver.
Located in the east side of Vancouver, Still Creek forms an important part of the Brunette River system.
Still Creek flows for 17 km through densely populated sections of Burnaby and Vancouver, ending in the Fraser River in New Westminster.
How the City developed this plan
The City prepared the Still Creek Enhancement Study working with community groups, property owners, environmentalists, and “stream-keepers”.
The study outlines 10-year actions leading to a 50-year plan for the beautification, protection and restoration of sections of the creek that run through Vancouver.
The purpose of this plan
The revitalization efforts are part of a larger plan to reduce flooding, reconnect people with Still Creek and its natural beauty, and improve long-standing environmental issues throughout the Still Creek Watershed.
The larger plan, the Integrated Storm Water Management Plan for the Still Creek Watershed, is a joint program with Burnaby and the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
There are a number of challenges that face the rehabilitation and enhancement of Still Creek in Vancouver:
- 70% of the creek and its tributaries have been placed in underground pipes
- 68% of the Still Creek watershed is covered with roads, buildings and other hard surfaces
- The creek has been straightened or placed in narrow channels within industrial commercial areas
- There is a lack of streamside vegetation to provide habitat, and to provide shade which regulates the temperature of the water in the creek
- Pesticides and fertilizers, and the illegal dumping of paints, oils and other toxic and hazardous materials have contributed to poor water quality in Still Creek