Urban Sites

With our rigorous project-based approach, Salmon-Safe certification provides important benefits to urban landowners including validation of environmental performance, public credibility, and enhanced operational efficiency and cost savings.

Salmon-Safe B.C. offers the nation’s first and only peer-reviewed certification program linking urban land management practices with the protection of urban watersheds. Whether the site is an urban office park, a municipal park, a residential development or a university campus, Salmon-Safe certification requires management practices that significantly reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality, helping to protect the watersheds across the Pacific Northwest.

About Certification

Salmon-Safe certification involves a detailed site assessment to review management practices including irrigation efficiency, stormwater management, pest management and pesticide use, and, if applicable for the site, streamside or wetland area management. The site assessment is conducted by a team of independent experts who also review key management policies, plans and other documents related to the operation and maintenance of the site. The assessment process serves as a valuable management tool with Salmon-Safe working closely with landowners to bring technical assistance across numerous areas, such as stormwater planning, integrated pest management and irrigation demand management. Salmon-Safe Communities Certification is valid for five years and includes an annual review.

Benefits of Certification

In addition to improved environmental outcomes, achieving Salmon-Safe certification clearly demonstrates commitment to sustainable land and water management while also validation site-wide environmental performance and providing comprehensive recommendations for enhanced environmental management practices and operational efficiency. Displaying the Salmon-Safe eco-logo is a mark of excellence that communicates best practice in land and water management.

Download the Salmon-Safe urban standards (October 2014 update)

Please contact us if you are interested in certification or have any questions regarding the assessment and certification process.