progressive residential subdivision near Cloverdale has been granted
$862,000 by senior governments for an innovative stormwater drainage
system. The East Clayton “sustainable development” project will
use a system of natural drainage — through soil enhancement, detention
ponds and similar works — to replace conventional storm sewers,
thus reducing damage to urban streams. “The storm water technology
used in this project, subject to successful performance, could have
application throughout the province,” said Kevin Falcon, B.C. Liberal
MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale. The B.C. and federal governments will
each contribute $431,000 to the drainage project under the Canada-B.C.
Infrastructure Program. The program is allocating $536 million in
senior government funding around the province for local works. Surrey
taxpayers will pay for the remainder of the local drainage project’s
$1.29-million total budget. The East Clayton development, in a largely
rural area north of Cloverdale, is also planned as a pedestrian-oriented
neighbourhood that could house as many as 14,000 people.